Certainly when you see something green and alive, you know it to be alive. A plant grows and bends in the wind. When it is not alive it is cut up and used as firewood and burned. What is the difference? Life. What is that? You are born, you live, and you die. We take it for granted. What really is this cycle?
He also explains certain laws of life. For example, if a person is attracted to something, likes it, he will try to close the distance between himself and the object of desire. To the degree he does not want it, he puts in distance between the unwanted object or person and himself. While this is a simple law, it is observable. It is these kinds of laws that are covered in this book.
So, while we may have been told that the mind, spirit and life are very difficult things to know about, in fact it may be possible to know these things.
In this book Scientology is presented as a definitive answer as to what life is, what is the meaning of life, which is something philosophers had been searching for, for tens of thousands of years
Scientology means simply a study of knowledge. That knowledge is about life, what is life, how it works. Life is you. Scientology also appears to place emphasis on common sense, and getting the confusion of belief separated out from observable fact.
In Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought there are some basic concepts that can help a person be less confused about life. These include the parts of man – the spirit, the mind, and the body. These three parts may seem very self-evident, but many people will get the mind and the spirit confused. The spirit is the life-force itself. The mind, on the other hand, is a storage vault of pictures, that are used to compare the past to the future, and by comparing the two, pose problems and solutions to those problems.
The most important part is the being himself.
Another small law of life is that which is called the ARC triangle. If one reviewers a triangle and on each corner are one of these three parts: Affinity, Reality, and Communication – ARC, and that by raising one corner of the triangle, one will raise the other two corners. Affinity is loving something, feeling good about it, love, and so on. Reality is simply what is real to you, what you can identify yourself with, and Communication is just that, communicating. This is a great tool to use – the ARC triangle. Try it the next time you want someone to speak with you. Speak with them of things they in turn find very real about, and they will begin to speak back and even like you. L. Ron Hubbard further explains this as understanding. And everyone wants to be understood.