Squirrels and Change
L. Ron Hubbard defined “squirrel” as,
1. a squirrel is doing something entirely different. He doesn’t understand any of the principles so he makes up a bunch of them to fulfill his ignorance, foists them off on a pc and gets no place. (SH Spec 77, 611C08).
2. Those who engage in actions altering Scn, and offbeat practices. (ISE, p. 40). –v. change and invent processes. (HCOB 15 Jan 70 II).” In HCO PL 14 Feb 65, he defined “squirreling” as, “altering Scientology, offbeat practices. It is a bad thing.”
Comparing anyone who would try something different to a rodent is a travesty of reasoning. And an insult to the animal kingdom.
Scientology is the only modern organization of which I’m familiar where innovation is considered a crime—an actual crime by their own written policy.
Where trying to improve results by varying a process is the equivalent to stabbing your mother in the back.
Where technology developed decades ago is inviolate and must remain unchanged.
Where therapy with a low success rate is considered “workable,” and should not be tweaked, tampered with, or made better.
Then again, when dealing with religion, want of doctrinal change and innovation is par for the course.
From Stone Wheel to Crystalline Chip
Believing LRH’s tech could never be improved is akin to believing the 1969 VW Bug was the ultimate driving machine. Imagine if Henry Ford had declared his Model T Ford was the height of automotive technology and his engineers had thrown down their pencils and walked away from their drafting tables. Gild the assembly line, shut down R & D, and step away!
Thinking LRH had everything right is like thinking charcoal and hibachis are the ne plus ultra of cooking technology. Or that the Chinese had reached the pinnacle of mathematical computational ingenuity by their invention of the abacus. If medical scientists had stopped researching new forms of antibiotics after Sir Alexander Fleming had discovered Penicillin, half the world would be dead by now.
Imagine if the early designers of a particular technology had declared their discoveries and inventions could not be improved upon. And that questioning their methodology was a crime. Then imagine people accepting the hype!
What’s remarkable—and sad—is how cleverly LRH convinced so many people that only he all the answers. That deviating even slightly from his straight and narrow path to spiritual ascendancy would result in personal ruin—and even cancer! (Or civilization would crumble and die by omitting a Division 5 from his vaunted Organization Board.)
KSW is a masterpiece in brainwashing.
If Scientology had grown and prospered as LRH predicted, I’d be more apt to believe that meddling with his methods was misguided. If Earth was anywhere near going “clear,” I might be more inclined to step back and allow his processes to play out. As they say, though, the proof is in the pudding.
Not only has Scientology been floundering for years, the organization has harmed thousands. More people have walked away than remain. The few left holding the cans are nearing an age when they will have to “choose a new body.” Drop by any of its churches and see for yourself. Each of four “ideal” orgs I’ve visited were as lively as a dive bar at closing time.
Catch-22 and Closets
Poor church leader David Miscavige is caught in a quandary. Per strict LRH policy, nothing about Scientology is allowed to be changed, altered, or modified. Not one word. Not one punctuation mark. Nothing. Nada. Bubkus. Research and development are big no-no’s. Changing anything LRH wrote is strictly prohibited. Even those parts of his tech and policy that clearly don’t work cannot be revisited, much less revised. Per Keeping Scientology Working, David Miscavige cannot change anything. His hands are tied. The man is stuck.
On the other hand, if he doesn’t adapt and try something new, Scientology will continue circling the drain and flush itself down the toilet.
One of his solutions has been to make changes in LRH’s tech and policy under the pretense that previous HCOBs and HCOPLs were altered by suppressive persons within the organization. DM maintains he’s simply restoring the tech to its original, unspoiled state. He’s done this in part by claiming he’s “found” original, unblemished, LRH work that was supposedly lost and/or hidden. In one of his more fanciful fairytales, he professed discovering a box of original, handwritten LRH papers in the back of a closet.
I can’t wait to see how he and his acolytes craft OT 9 and 10—and how many people believe the two levels were actually written by LRH.
Since modifying LRH tech and policy is taboo, DM eliminated all the high-ranking Scientology staff that were in a position to oppose him by assigning them to the infamous Hole.
Unfortunately for Mr. Miscavige, all his changes to Scientology have been colossal failures. The “gains” from “Superpower” have been transitory, at best. Ideal orgs sit idle. Revamping Scientology dictionaries, courses, and rundowns haven’t caused a decline in “MU phenomena,” much less, an uptick in new Scientologists. “The Basics” hasn’t caused a resurgence of parishioners’ understanding of the universe, much less, fostered peace on Earth. Few non-Scientologists have ever watched anything broadcast from his new TV studio, much less, know of its existence. As Mike and others have highlighted numerous times, the Volunteer Minister program is a PR stunt. Returning OT 7s and 8s are not making a difference in their communities. Those left inside the bubble aren’t recruiting new members—numbers have been dwindling for years. Except to hasten the church’s demise, nothing David Miscavige has tried has had a positive influence.
All the while, movies, television, books, and social media have laid bare the crimes and unworkability of Scientology, making it a wonder that anyone walks in their front doors these days.
If David Miscavige is not the craziest squirrel, he is certainly the biggest.
Since DM isn’t allowed to change anything by LRH—overtly, anyway—what has he been doing? Ironically, the only thing left for him to “fix” is MEST (matter, energy, space, and time). For years now, he’s concentrated on buying and renovating superfluous real estate. He bought an old television studio even though he already had another “state of the art” facility in Hemet. Despite the world’s transition to the Digital Age, he continues churning out “new and improved” editions of LRH books and lectures, demanding that members complete their libraries. He’s increased the number of annual events, transforming them into slick, expensive, promotional extravaganzas. He’s made fundraising via smaller, local events, his biggest source of revenue. All the while, he invalidates members’ wins and gains by requiring them to redo all their courses and auditing.
Scientology has grown stale. Nothing new has come out of the organization in years. Regardless of the “tech” being renamed and repackaged inside glossy new binder covers every few years, it’s still the same old tech. The Survival Rundown is simply a conglomeration of old processes collected from past papers and lectures. Despite releasing new versions of Student Hat every decade or so, the raw bones of the course (misunderstood words, skipped gradients, and lack of mass) haven’t changed. And despite abridging and adding pictures to Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health, it’s still the same old book, containing the same old processes. As of press time, Dianetics has still not changed the world.
I like squirrels. I admire their thick coats and bushy tails. They’re cute. Quick. Nimble. Industrious. Able to scamper up tall trees in a flash, fearlessly leaping from branch to branch. I love their ability to stuff insane amounts of nuts in their cheeks. Except for their tragic ignorance of traffic, what’s not to like?
Still not Declared,