Another in the series of ongoing articles by Terra cognita
PTS to the Middle Class
In HCOB, 16 April 1982, More on PTS Handling, LRH famously wrote, “The bulk of your PTSness may very well be PTS to a class, the middle class, of which their particular SP is simply a member.”
SP stands for Suppressive Person. I mentioned their characteristics several weeks ago here at Mike’s. Basically, SPs are extremely bad people whose whole purpose is to do others harm. PTS stands for Potential Trouble Source and is someone connected to an SP. This connection can be with a present time SP—a boss, friend or parent, anyone—or this connection can be with someone in the past who’s been restimulated by someone with similar characteristics to the actual SP. According to LRH, all sick people are PTS. All accidents are the result of PTSness. Pretty much all bad conditions in life are caused by a connection to an SP.
Always a Person
In earlier writings, LRH wrote that one is always PTS to a person. It’s never a thing, condition, situation, or the family pet, Rex shitting on the carpet. PTSness is always caused by a suppressive person. At least until Ron changed his mind.
He wrote, “PTS is a connection to an SP. That is true. But what may be overlooked is that persons of the middle class (which is a culture, not an income bracket, to which belong all the puritan hypocritical mores of the cop and the get-a-job-be-a-moderate-plugging-success) frown very terribly on anything that the least bit tries to make a better world.” And, “nearly every PTS you have will be found one way or another to be PTS to the middle class.”
Unfortunately for you readers, this describes most of the world of which you’re a participant.
Which means you’re PTS.
Which means you’re at the effect of your environment.
Which means you need handling by your nearest Scientology Organization. Fast!
Only the Able
Since Scientology only accepts the “able,” all of its members are part of this middle class. LRH wrote that, “The middle class wants the world of a job and order and even hypocrisy and cops because they are AFRAID.”
And since all Scientologists are part of this middle class, they are all afraid per LRH.
We all know LRH was afraid. He was afraid of the IRS, the FBI, the AMA, psychiatry, a secret cabal of world bankers, his juniors, a “dangerous environment,” space aliens, and finally, The Middle Class. Projecting his own fears onto to everyone else was standard operating procedure for the man.
According to him, then, everyone in Scientology is PTS and AFRAID. I’m not sure about the PTS part, but Scientologists are definitely a fearful lot. Its current leader, David Miscavige may be the most terrified of them all. He behaves typically like people with profound fears. No doubt a scan of the man’s brain would show vast regions glowing bright red.
Off to See the Wizard
Since all Scientologists are PTS all the time by their connection to the middle class, they need systematic attention from Ethics. Even those on OT 7 are required to fly back to Flag every six months to get cleaned up.
It’s understood in Scientology that if one is PTS, one also has overts and withholds. For it is these O/W’s that make him susceptible to the effects of suppression. And therefore, all Scientologists need sec checking. Followed by a lengthy program of Conditions, Amends, redoing particular courses (oh, hell, probably all of em), and last but not least, a healthy contribution to the IAS.
Was LRH Wrong?
LRH wasn’t completely wrong about the middle class. Much of what he observed is true. There is no shortage of fear and hypocrisy within this “culture.” For many, “the dull middle-class world is a sort of slavery and suicide.” Inequality is real. Injustices occur daily. America just elected… Okay, let’s not go there.
But does this “class” really “frown terribly on anything that the least bit tries to make a better world?” I think not. I hope not. I see tremendous goodness everywhere I look. Great numbers of people in all different fields are working to make a better world. For all our “slavery” to this middle class, I could argue that we have more freedoms than at any other time in the history of this planet.
Since I’ve been operating in my present body, I’ve witnessed great advances in medicine; driven cleaner cars; eaten more organic foods; plugged into more renewable energy; and despite a few bigots, observed a greater tolerance of others. The list goes on and on.
Ideal Orgs and the Middle Class
I can’t help but think how this concept relates to Ideal Orgs and how creating these sparkling new edifices are efforts to relate to this middle class and blend in with its accepted culture. I’m sure the person who came up with this program is PTS to this class himself. Then again, he’s probably the SP.
Handle or Disconnect
How does one “handle or disconnect” from one’s whole culture? Other than educating oneself on LRH’s PTS technology, he doesn’t say.
Unless one becomes a hermit and disconnects from all his friends, his options for disconnection are slim. I’ll pass.
Interestingly, Scientology disavows any kind of policy on disconnection. And yet, LRH mentions the word five times in More on PTS Handling. Maybe he expected us all to disconnect from society and join the Sea Org.
Still not Declared,