Responsibility is an important topic in the world of scientology. The concept has enormous impact on the thinking of scientologists, and it is the foundation upon which much subsequent scientology belief and practice is based. Especially the very important elements of scientology that dictate YOU are responsible for anything bad that happens to you. You “pulled it in.”
When something goes astray in scientology, it is NEVER the fault of the organization. That is a blameless entity that can never be questioned as an extension of Hubbard himself. He was beyond fault. If the end result of your auditing is you curled up in a fetal position, crying your eyes out, or thinking about jumping out of a 10th floor window, it is not because anything was done wrong by the auditor, nor is there anything wrong with the “tech,” it is something YOU did that caused this. Though internally, there will be finger pointing, cramming and a trip to ethics for the auditor for having “red tagged” a pc, you will not be told this, and they won’t give you your money back or take any responsibility (despite what they try to foist off on you). Responsibility, like “pulling it in” is a concept used to control you. When it comes to applying it to L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige or the organization, suddenly there are other explanations. Hubbard didn’t suffer setbacks, media takedowns or heart attacks because he “pulled it in”, but because of SP’s trying to destroy him. The organization never takes responsibility for having delivered faulty tech previously when they announce “new breakthroughs.” They don’t refund people for their errors, instead they compound the crime and force everyone to pay again to re-do what they did that is supposedly now “out tech.”
The most basic concept of Responsibility comes from Advanced Procedure and Axioms, Hubbard’s 1951 book where he begins to outline new procedures to replace Dianetics after he lost the copyrights through bankruptcy court. In fact, right in Chapter 1 he completely dismisses Dianetics with this: “Engrams are effective only when the individual himself determines that they will be effective.” That is NOT what it says in Dianetics. Though it is pretty much what he said when he finally decided he had made a Clear in the 1960’s because they realized they were “mocked up their reactive mind.” No longer able to sell Dianetics, in 1951 he offered alternate processing to increase the “self-determinism” of individuals. He expounded on service facsimiles and other things in this book, though it is before the term scientology was even used.
But the most significant chapter of the book covers the subject of Responsibility, and I include the first two pages of the chapter here. The last para on the first page is the reference that is given to scientologists repeatedly to persuade them to “take responsibility” for whatever problem or complaint they have. Pity Hubbard operated on the “do as I say, not as I do” model.