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Life as a web of interconnected life forms and their activities is a product of consciousness at work. Under Dianetics this special form of “energy” (i.e. consciousness) was termed THETA and was first introduced and described in the book Science of Survival:
Theta-MEST is a pretty good model except for Hubbard’s limiting assertion that life’s “ONLY mission” in the physical universe is the CONQUEST of MEST. That sets a pretty aggressive tone from the get-go especially with words like “painful smash,” “onslaught,” and “raid.” It should not then be surprising that Hubbard’s ultimate construct for his organization was a highly authoritarian, quasi-military order that was literally on a mission to conquer the planet and then proceed to conquer the galaxy at large using the technologies of D&S (note: Scientologists believe that there are many other civilizations inhabiting the galaxy on other planets).
When we actually OBSERVE life and what it is doing, we can see that the “mission” of life is not so much a conquest but an elaborate CREATION of interconnected forms and experiences. All of life’s activities could be viewed as CREATIVE activities. The “energy of life” could then be better conceptualized as an ENERGY OF CREATION or better yet – an INTELLIGENT ENERGY OF CREATION.
Conquest in itself could definitely be viewed as a creative activity, but not all creative activity can be easily viewed as “conquest.” The view of life’s mission as a “conquest” presents life as a rather mechanical activity with a lack of meaning. It also implies that the physical universe is some kind of an “opponent” to be overcome by life as opposed to being “raw material” to be used for creative expression.
If we look even at the most microscopic level of cells and bacteria, life could be seen to be very creative and intelligent in its expression.
If we view life as an intelligence that manifests itself by creating in the physical universe then our own lives and what we are trying to do becomes much more meaningful and clear as well. And clarifying “theta” as an intelligent energy of creation also explains why things tend to work out better in life when you have more “theta.”
Notice how such conceptualization of life is also in line with the concept from The Fundamentals of Thought of a spirit being THE CREATOR OF THINGS. It is worth noting that in Scientology, which was developed after Dianetics, there is an increasing emphasis on creation (as opposed to survival), but the view of life (theta) at large was never quite adjusted to parallel this newer approach in Scientology which is done on this page.
Let’s look at a few more examples of life as an intelligence creating in the physical universe.
Sycamore Seeds – How does a tree “know” the laws of aerodynamics and how to build a seed that will fly propelling itself through the air?
And wondering about all the beauty and complexity of life in the sea, you just can’t help to think that there is something more going on than just “conquest.”
Here is another good video:
And another one on pollination: