Yowza — they actually picked this quote out to publish it?
This isn’t very complimentary about children and frankly, does not make a whole lot of sense. If the cause of all this terribleness is their reactive mind, why should it be worse when they are children? How does your reactive mind alleviate itself as you grow older if you don’t have auditing?
Whether L. Ron Hubbard loved or hated children (he certainly fathered plenty – but didn’t seem to fare too well raising them…) this yet again demonstrates the mindless robotism prevalent in scientology. Because L. Ron Hubbard said something it must be good. And should be promoted and presented as if everyone should think it is wonderful.
To me it is a very warped view of children — mine at least and many others I know — and is remarkably lacking in compassion or apparent understanding. It certainly opens the door to those who hang on his every word to have a very jaundiced attitude toward children (“very rough case shape”) that in my view is very unhealthy. In my experience generally children are NOT in rough “case shape”. I suspect this is one of those sweeping statements made by Hubbard proclaiming them to apply to everyone when he was pissed off at one person.
In either event, no matter how you cut it, this statement is not something that should be pulled out and promoted. The idea that every word Hubbard ever spoke or wrote is gospel truth and should just be wordcleared until you see how great it is is sad, if not troubling.