We happen to be going through, temporarily, momentarily, only for an instant, a period when Man has made himself relatively free by the use of a machine.
A period which just succeeds after a period when he was terribly enslaved by a machine: the industrial—early days of industrialism with their twelve-, fourteen- hour days, with their smoke-belching factories that were eating out the lungs and wits of everybody in them.
That was a pretty grim period.
He had moved from one kind of slavery to another kind of slavery.
All right, he’s moved out of that.
This era is just succeeding that—
and just before the machine is employed for his utter enslavement.
The reason you’ve got Scientology is, to a large degree,
because it’s right here that there’s a breathing period on Earth.
Just a little breathing period.
I don’t know how many years it is from here to the other, but you’ve already seen it begin. You’ve already seen the second slavery stage start
and it started with Hiroshima.
L. Ron Hubbard
From the Philadelphia Doctorate Course (1952), Lecture #21
ARC/Cycles: Theory and Automaticity