Saturday is Terra Cognita day…
Platitudes, Bad Attitudes and Mother Issues
A while ago, Mike posted a letter from Pete Sokoloff imploring Santa Barbara and Ventura Scientologists to donate more toward their “ideal” org. Pete included the following quote:
“Anything for which the individual feels any misemotion—antagonism, anger, fear, grief, apathy—is something for which he has not accepted responsibility; and there is misemotion only when an individual refuses to accept responsibility in that sphere of action. He can control anything for which he has accepted the full responsibility. He is unable to control that for which he has not accepted responsibility.” L. Ron Hubbard, The Dianetic Auditor’s Bulletin, February 1952, CAUSE AND EFFECT.
Although he seems to include just enough kernels of truth to make me think the whole thing is true, this is another example of one of LRH’s completely unattainable platitudes. Maybe if I’d been Buddha or Gandhi in another lifetime I would have fully understood… But even then, he’s talking about more “control” than I’ve ever seen demonstrated.
Fire and Spit
Was the “misemotion” I felt for the people who lost their homes in the last wildfire due to refusing to “accept responsibility in that sphere of action”? Was I “unable to control” the fire and loss of homes because I hadn’t “accepted the full responsibility”? Was the little girl, who was abused by her uncle, grief-stricken because she hadn’t accepted responsibility? Because she’d refused to accept responsibility?
Scientologists salivate over this type of nonsense, believing they have the potential to reach such exalted states of existence. OT 7s probably think they’ll achieve this power on OT 8. OT8s, no doubt, think they’ll attain this ability on OT 9.
LRH’s Axioms of Scientology are littered with profundity.
Axiom 42: MEST (Matter, Energy, Space, Time) persists because it is a problem.
No. MEST is simply MEST. No more, no less.
My bike is MEST and it’s not a problem for me. I love riding my bike. I love my sharp kitchen knives. They’re MEST. Love the way they glide through tomatoes. Their keen edges are not a problem.
Then again, maybe MEST is a problem because I’ve refused to accept full responsibility for it.
LRH said the “public knows us by our MEST.” And since MEST is a problem, is he saying the public knows Scientology by their problems?
Axiom 32: Anything which is not directly observed tends to persist.
Since my whole world seems to be persisting, apparently I’m not directly observing any of it. If I really, really look at something, it will vanish? Or might vanish? Or has the potential to vanish. Or will it simply un-tend to persist?
You can play around with this one forever. I’ve heard people say LRH wasn’t talking about MEST, he was only referring to things in the theta universe, or facsimiles in the mind, or the emotional content of engrams. If this is so, he should have used a different vocabulary. He should have forgone the use of the word, “everything.” He should have spelled out exactly what he was talking about. Followed by a YouTube demonstration of MEST not persisting by direct observation.
Scientologists lap up this type of tripe, many believing they’ll attain some kind of lofty state in which they’ll actually be able to “as-is”—make disappear—anything—MEST, pictures in the mind, emotion, anything—by simply “observing” it.
By this logic, if they would simply directly observe their deserted orgs, the condition of emptiness would no longer persist.
Do, Re, Me, Fa…
LRH was no less obtuse in formulating his many “scales.” One of my favorites is The Valence Scale (from his book, Scientology 0-8, The Book of Basics):
I can control Mother
Hysterical effort to control Mother = psychosomatics
I can’t control Mother (takes no action at all)
(no comm with Mother)
Keeps others from handling Mother—“Don’t try to reason with Mother or you’ll get hurt!”
Protects Mother from everything
Tells people Mother is so good and aren’t we lucky to have her around
WTF! Sigmund would have had a field day with this one! Since he’s no longer around, though, can someone please explain this to me?
For me, reading LRH’s overblown, unattainable proclamations were always a bit invalidating. Since I could never make complete sense out of these pearls of wisdom, I felt slightly stupid, as if I should have been able to understand what Ron was talking about. Since he was the smartest man on the planet, he would never have written anything not fully accessible to commoners, like me. If he wrote it, it must have made sense. It must have been right. But for some reason, my small brain just couldn’t grasp the profoundness of his insight.
Vast dictionaries-worth of misunderstood words accumulated over quadrillions of years will, no doubt, muddle a person’s mind.
Still not Declared,