Scientology Condition of Liability
I’m always amazed at the ability of Scientologists to turn a blind eye to the LRH tech and policy they’ve sworn to follow and uphold. I should know. From my first week as a student on the Communication Course way back when, I put on blinders every time I walked in the mission. The more I studied, the more I knew things weren’t completely right. Then again, there was this young blonde girl… But I digress.
Per L. Ron Hubbard’s Condition of Liability, “Below Non-Existence there is the Condition of Liability. The being has ceased to be simply non-existent as a team member and has taken on the color of an enemy. It is assigned where careless or malicious and knowing damage is caused to projects, orgs, or activities. It is adjudicated that it is malicious and knowing because orders have been published against it or because it is contrary to the intentions and actions of the remainder of the team or the purpose of the project or org. The condition is usually assigned when several Danger and Non-Existences have been assigned or when a long unchanged pattern of conduct has been detected.”
How many Scientologists does it take to detect “several Danger and Non-Existences” or “a long unchanged pattern of conduct”? One to hold the lightbulb; two to…
Not only are patterns and condition assignments within the church regularly discounted and ignored, they’ve gone on for decades.
Let’s pretend Scientology has been in decline since 1978—an even forty years. And let’s assume that for three quarters of those weeks the organization was assigned a condition below Normal. That would mean the organization has been in a lower condition for at least thirty-nine weeks per year (52 weeks X .75 = 39). If we multiply that by forty years, we come up with 1560 lower condition assignations (39 lower conditions X 40 years = 1560). Yikes!
Picture a filing cabinet stuffed with all the condition write-ups of a forty year Scientologist. That’s over two thousand weekly write-ups! (40 years X 52 weeks per year = 2080.) OMG! If that isn’t insanity, I don’t know what is.
Who Are Your Friends?
LRH further wrote that the condition of Liability is assigned, “for the benefit of others so they won’t get tripped up trusting the person in any way.” “It is a liability to have such a person unwatched as the person may do or continue to do things to stop or impede the forward progress of the project or org and such a person cannot be trusted. No discipline or the assignment of conditions above it has been of any avail. The person has just kept on messing it up.”
Wouldn’t you think that rank and file Scientologists would have been able to apply step one of the Liability formula by now: “Decide who are one’s friends.” And that after forty years under the reign of leader, David Miscavige, they’d recognize that the man “cannot be trusted,” and that he just keeps on “messing it up”? After hundreds and hundreds of applications of the Condition of Liability, they continue to give him and management a pass. Unbelievable.
Seriously, how many times can Scientology staff apply the formula and still think David Miscavige is their friend? How many times can ordinary Scientology public apply the formula and still think the organization is friendly to their “intentions and actions?” I would think that after forty years of “applying” the condition of Liability, management and public alike would have gotten it right by now. But that’s just me.
And that’s just applying one condition.
Step two of the Liability formula reads, “Deliver an effective blow to the enemies of the group one has been pretending to be part of despite personal danger.” Lots of ex-Scientologists have correctly decided who their friends are and have delivered effective blows across multiple media channels. I suspect most of you reading this know who I’m talking about. If not, just Google “Scientology” or enter “books on Scientology” in the Amazon.com search window.
Even if one believes that DM and Scientology are their friends, wouldn’t you think that after delivering a thousand “effective blows,” one of these blows would have made a difference?
LRH reinforces the concept of “us vs them” by saying that anyone in this condition has only been “pretending” to be a good group member. If I’m not mistaken, this is classic cult mind control technique.
Interestingly, my spouse interpreted this formula to mean that LRH was saying that a Scientologist in this condition was only “pretending” to be a Scientologist. Others interpret this formula to mean a Scientologist in this condition was “pretending” to be part of a lesser, non-Scientology group. Which is it?
“Make up the damage one has done by personal contribution far beyond the ordinary demands of a group member” (Step three of the Liability formula).
One could argue that the average Sea Org member contributes far beyond the ordinary demands of a group member. Unfortunately, their “contributions,” haven’t made a positive influence on the planet since the corps’ inception. Many would contend that despite good intentions, their work has had the opposite effect: caused pain and heartache to tens of thousands.
As for the public making up the damage, how many times do local orgs and missions need to be painted? How many times do they need to hand out the same Way to Happiness pamphlets to the same street people? After forty years of public “contribution,” I’d think Central Files in every org in the world would be in perfect order.
After applying the Liability formula hundreds of times, Scientology has not made up the damage they’ve done. Not the organization, not management, and not the Kool Aid drinking public.
Jonny’s been a Bad Boy. Grovel, Grovel
Step four: “Apply for reentry to the group by asking the permission of each member of it to rejoin and rejoining only by majority permission. And if refused, repeating (2) and (3) and (4) until one is allowed to be a group member again.”
Except for divulging escapades of sexual deviancy to one’s auditor in session, little is more humiliating than applying for reentry. Then again, that’s part of being in a cult: degrading yourself in front of your peers. What could be more fun and life-affirming?
Has any person in the history of Scientology ever signed a Liability petition by David Miscavige? Can you imagine him asking people permission to rejoin the group? Maybe when he was first in the Cadet Org. Within the last forty years? Not a chance.
But that’s what he’s supposed to do per the condition formula: ask the permission of “each member.” I was a staff member for close to two hundred and sixty weeks and he never asked me. And rest assured, there were many, many weeks the organization was in a lower condition. I wonder if the man even does conditions anymore. LRH probably granted him some sort of special dispensation.
Just for fun, can you imagine DM’s reaction to someone refusing to sign his petition? The man would go ape-shit crazy.
How do Scientologists wrap their minds around decades and thousands and thousands of failures in applying LRH conditions? How do they rationalize doing the same conditions, week after week, year after year, with no positive results? How do they explain their dwindling membership? How do they excuse not being in the condition of Power by now? How can they believe David Miscavige is really their friend? And think that Ron’s tech works.
Still not Declared,
P.S. If any OSA member reading this has the balls, forward copies of your last dozen condition write-ups to Mike so we can all see how LRH’s formulas are really supposed to be applied. Let us see how you “made up the damage done.”