The concise statement of the goal of life itself was one of the most fundamental breakthroughs of Dianetics. This, the Dynamic Principle of Man’s Existence, was discovered by L. Ron Hubbard and from this, many hitherto unanswered questions were resolved.

The goal of life can be considered to be infinite survival. That Man seeks to survive has long been known, but that it is his primary motivation is new. Man, as a life form can be demonstrated to obey in all his actions and purposes the one command: “SURVIVE!”

This is the common denominator of all life, and from it came the critical resolution of Man’s ills and aberrations.

Once “Survive!” was isolated as the primary urge which explained all of a life form’s activities, it was necessary to study further the action of survival. And from that research it was discovered that when one considered pain and pleasure as part of the equation, he had the necessary ingredients with which to understand all of life’s actions.

Survival is not only the difference between life and death. There are various levels of survival.

The better one is able to manage his life and increase his level of survival, the more he will have pleasure, abundance and satisfaction.

Pain, disappointment and failure are the result of actions that impede survival.

Thus, those actions that lead away from pain and toward pleasure, can be said to promote survival.