On the Dole
"Making the world a better place" can mean different things to different people, depending on their point of view.Would "making the world a better place" be a big thing in the OTO? I'm not under that impression, but admittedly I'm not an ex-OTO cultist.
So assuming this is written just after Hubbard broke away from Parsons, would this mean he still believed in Thelema?
That's a curious way to look at it, as probably subconsciously I had assumed Hubbard was on top of the game and making a fool out of both Crowley and Parsons. But perhaps we are overestimating him? Maybe this would-be game maker in 1946... was actually just another cultie roped into Thelema and still believing in that cult's dogmas?
Could the "affirmations" be a product of Hubbard at a time when he did not yet develop a post-cult-self?
I've never before considered Hubbard as a ex-thelemite cult survivor. But perhaps we should?
After Hubbard broke away from Parsons (and stole Parsons' life savings), did he still believe in Thelema, or at least his own interpretation of it? Yes, quite possibly.
"Hubbard: Yes. The Antichrist. Alestair Crowley thought of himself as such. And when Crowley died in 1947, my father then decided that he should wear the cloak of the beast and become the most powerful being in the universe."
Penthouse interview with L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (Nibs), 1983:
Penthouse, Inside the Church of Scientology An Exclusive Interview with L Ron Hubbard Jr (AKA Ron DeWolfe)
Inside the Church of Scientology An Exclusive Interview with L Ron Hubbard Jr AKA Ron DeWolfe, the son of scientology
Note in the above interview Nibs says that his father first read Crowley's Book of the Law at age 16, in other words his acquaintance with Crowley's ideas did not begin with Parsons.