Every day, Tony Ortega has a piece of Hubbard wisdom from the same date in history. The one from May 28th struck me.
“Now, you’re a registrar and somebody is coming in, or you’re signing up PCs. (All of you have to wear a registrar’s hat at one time or another.) And you’re trying to get somebody to get some auditing, you’re a registrar, see? And there you are one fine day with a yow-yow-yow and a scream-scream-scream standing in front of your face: Seventy-five hours of auditing have been delivered — he feels terrible! He says, ‘Oh, I could kill everybody in the place,’ and he ought to go out and sue everybody, and he’s going to inform the government that so on and so on and so on and so on-yap, yap, yap, you never hear such a thing. Don’t worry too much about the threats, because the person totally lacks direction. Person will go halfway down the steps and change his mind and do something else, don’t you see? They’re incapable of carrying forward a program that has any cohesion or direction, see.” — L. Ron Hubbard, May 28, 1963
The great wisdom of Ron strikes again. This one definitely did not stand the test of time. In fact, it didn’t even take a month before he was proven disastrously wrong.
Hubbard had been “handling” personally a man named Peter Wearne in Australia. The local scientology officials in Melbourne had recommended to Hubbard that he refund the money Wearne was asking for. Hubbard, in his infinite wisdom, informed them in no uncertain terms he was not about to give his money back, and wrote to Wearne himself to let him know. Certain of his infallible understanding of human nature, Hubbard’s arrogance with regard to Peter Wearne led directly to the Victorian Inquiry.
I wrote about a similar Hubbard quote concerning the Victorian Inquiry a month ago: Hubbard Doing Hubbard.
That particular quote was from 1964, after things had blown sky high, and now Hubbard had a very different take on things:
“And it had never even occurred to anybody down in Melbourne simply to handle Wearne, refund his money and straighten him up.”
Gosh Ron, back the in May 1963 when we were telling you we should give him his money back, you told us not to do it:
“Don’t worry too much about the threats, because the person totally lacks direction. Person will go halfway down the steps and change his mind and do something else, don’t you see? They’re incapable of carrying forward a program that has any cohesion or direction, see.”
In October of 1963, again after things were nuclear with the Inquiry, Hubbard rewrote history in a Policy Letter (which, of course, is NOT followed today as the policy was later modified when too many people were asking for money to be returned), highlights and underlining in red is mine:
This is so typically Hubbard. Assertion of great insight. Blow up. Blame everyone else for following his direction, claiming they ignored him. Re-write history to make himself look good and all-knowing. repeat.
Jon Atack Podcast
Another in the series of talks with Jon is available today: