“The simple solution is to supply the mass that is being studied. Little Johnny is having an awful time at school with arithmetic, so let’s get some apples and give each of them a number and then he has a number of apples in front of him—they are no longer a theoretical number of apples. And arithmetic is no longer a problem.”
ABSENCE OF MASS
Education attempted in the absence of mass is very hard on the student and makes him feel dead, bored and exasperated. For example, when studying tractors the printed page and the spoken word are not a substitute for a tractor. Understand this datum in its purity, and that is: EDUCATING A PERSON IN THE MASS WHICH HE DOES NOT HAVE AND WHICH ISN’T AVAILABLE PRODUCES ADVERSE EFFECTS. That is a fact. You get the highest incidence of suicide or illness in the field of education most devoted to studying absent mass.
The simple solution is to supply the mass that is being studied. Little Johnny is having an awful time at school with arithmetic, so let’s get some apples and give each of them a number and then he has a number of apples in front of him—they are no longer a theoretical number of apples. And arithmetic is no longer a problem.
A third and entirely different sort of study reaction exists in the field of the bypassed definition—a distinctly blank feeling, washed-out feeling, sort of nervous hysteria.
The misunderstood word in a subject produces a vast panorama of mental effects and is the prime factor involved in stupidity. This is very important because it tells you what happens to a person’s doingness in any field. AN INEPTITUDE OR LACK OF DOINGNESS IN ANY STUDIED SUBJECT STEMS FROM SOME WORD (OR WORDS) IN THAT SUBJECT THAT THE PERSON WHO IS INEPT DIDN’T DEFINE OR UNDERSTAND. First came the misunderstood word or words, followed by an inability to act in the field of that subject. The restoration of the doingness depends upon the restoration of the misunderstood word, the misunderstood definition.
You can trace back the subject that produced the stupidity, or any allied subject confused with it and you will find the missed definition phenomena.
These discoveries open the gates of education. With them man can break free from the ineptitude and stupidity that has plagued him for millennia.
The whole answer is there—it only remains for it to be put into practice.
L. Ron Hubbard
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