This work does not represent a revolt. It doesn't even vaguely represent a desire for the demise of any of these things. All it represents is the hope that Man again can find his own feet, can find himself in a very confused, mechanistic society and can recover to himself some of the happiness, some of the sincerity and some of the love and kindness with which he was created. —L. Ron Hubbard
From the dawn of time, Man has cherished the hope he could achieve a greater freedom, that life held a potential transcending the daily grind of barter and gain. That hope, articulated by the greatest religious leaders across the centuries, has time and again renewed his strength to face the future. But with no practical means to convert hope to reality, the goal of a greater freedom remained, for most if not all, a distant and unattainable dream.
Then, with the onset of the twentieth century, came the rapid and unprecedented advance of the physical sciences, uncovering a wealth of new information about the universe. Yet, at the same time, these sciences limited their research to the material world, ignoring or even denying the existence of the human soul.