Another fascinating Saturday look at scientology from Terra Cognita.
PTS in Scientology: Bug or Baddie?
L. Ron Hubbard wrote that all sickness, accidents and injuries, pretty much all non-optimum conditions in life, were the result of a connection to a suppressive person. A person so associated was said to be a “potential trouble source,” or PTS.
“A suppressive person, SP for short, is a really, really bad person. Like Hitler bad. The worst of the worst.” Terra Tech Dictionary, 28 Apr 17.
PTS, “means potential trouble source which itself means a person connected to a suppressive person. All sick persons are PTS. All pcs who roller-coaster (regularly lose gains) are PTS.” LRH, HCOB 20 Apr 72.
Stress has been proven to lower one’s resistance to disease. Bad grades, cheating spouses, poor finances, and holiday relatives can all make a person more susceptible to illness. Interacting with SPs would certainly qualify.
It’s easy to imagine how getting raked over the coals by a suppressive boss might cause a person to get into an accident while driving home that evening.
Physical disease, though, is ultimately caused by bacteria and viruses overwhelming a body’s defense system. Examples of succumbing to communicable disease include being bitten by the wrong mosquito, eating that old chicken salad in the back of the refrigerator, and having sex with questionable partners.
Other conditions are caused by genetic abnormalities. Multiple sclerosis, autism, and cystic fibrosis, to name a few.
Environmental factors still cause more: allergies, asthma, gluten!, and a myriad of cancers. Living downwind from a toxic waste dump might be the reason for that persistent rash.
If one weren’t connected to an SP, would these diseases have no effect? Would the body’s defense system simply destroy all these foreign invaders? Would genetic and environmental factors have no influence? Or would people continue to have accidents and get sick? And stress-out and die?
LRH said that all Joe had to do to handle his illness was to locate the first time he suffered from such symptoms, spot the SP, and voila! Give Joe a series of touch assists and he would recover in short order.
Rarely is the real SP in present time, though. More often than not, the real suppressive died a trillion years ago on Qan II in the Zarkov Galaxy. The wannabe, present time baddie is only a re-stimulator for the real SP back on that distant planet Joe had hoped to forget.
In reality, PTS handling rarely works and Scientologists revert to more conventional means to get better. Aspirin, cough drops, and decongestants are used frequently. Midwives and doctors of osteopathy are preferred over “regular” doctors. Pediatricians are okay for children and many Scientologists visit chiropractors regularly. If herbal cleanses and colonics don’t work, a few intensives of Sec checking and the Purification Rundown might.
It doesn’t take long for most Scientologists to realize that “spotting the SP” won’t cure their chronic lumbago, bronchitis, or clogged arteries and most are forced to augment their trip to the Ethics Officer with “real world” remedies. It should be noted that since all sick people are PTS and automatically connected to an SP, they require “handling” by a qualified Scientology Ethics specialist. In most orgs and missions, this person is the Ethics Officer, or EO for short.
As far as I can tell, Scientologists get sick and die at the same rate as non-church members. On the other hand, by rejecting conventional treatment, Scientologists may well become sick and die at an even greater frequency. Be interesting to know.
But What about Kale and Going to the Gym?
Apparently, poor diet and lack of exercise don’t have anything to do with disease in the Scientology universe. Nor do genetics or age. Or pollutants in the environment. Or drunk drivers running late-night stop signs. Or that Eastern bitch, Karma.
Per LRH, the only reason Stan feels poorly is because of his run-in with Vlad the Impaler on the planet Ishhh, 3.678 billion years ago. The only reason Sally coughed up a lung and is having doubts regarding her “gains” on OT 3 is due to her parent’s antipathy to her involvement in Scientology.
(LRH wrote that connection to people antagonistic to Scientology is PTS Type A. Yikes!)
If connections to SPs were the sole cause of all illness and accidents, all Scientologists would be PTS all the time. As would everybody else on the planet. We’re all surrounded by suppression. Per LRH, we’ve all lived quadrillions of lifetimes. Which means we’ve all been exposed to millions and millions of SPs. They’re like land mines on our time tracks just waiting to be stepped on and exploded. Undoubtedly, we’re exposed to people every day who subconsciously remind us of these ancient, evil pranksters.
How many people walking the streets are in absolute perfect health? How many have no aches? No pains. No headaches. No allergies, rashes, or tweaky knees? How many have perfect digestion? Perfectly functioning joints? Perfectly aligned backs? Hollywood teeth? Skin the texture of porcelain? Six pack abs? A body like Hygieia, the goddess of health, cleanliness, and sanitation. (Everyone on Mt. Olympus was in perfect health, right?)
I’m not suggesting that all people are suffering from something all the time. I’m just saying, it’s hard for a human body to go twenty-four hours on Planet Earth without enduring some kind of stub, strain, bump, blemish, calamity, crash, cough or sneeze. Especially aging Baby Boomers. Apparently, the older you get, the more PTS you become. Damn.
Not Such a Great Example
We all know how LRH ended up: living in seclusion, paranoid, sick, kept alive by a daily cocktail of prescription drugs, his body going to hell-in-a-handbasket. By his own words, he was completely PTS! And yet he wasn’t able to handle himself with his perfect, workable tech. He wasn’t able to identify and “vanquish” the real SPs in his life and regain his health. Either his tech wasn’t all it was cracked up to be or his caretakers weren’t Keeping Scientology Working.
No one would dispute that stress from suppression can precipitate illness. But are we wise to attribute all non-optimum physical conditions to some sort of connection to an SP? Should we discount all other factors? Is that sore throat the result of being overwhelmed trillions of years ago on some unfriendly moon? Or might it have something to do with your snot-nosed kid returning home from school every day infected with half the known diseases on Earth.
We’re all mammals—at least our bodies are. And all mammals are susceptible to disease, age, bad genes, dirty toilet seats, and the Grim Reaper. People catch colds. Develop acne. Fall down stairs. Tangle with buses, fall off cliffs, break legs, and get eaten by lions. It’s all just a part of life.
Still not Declared,