It’s Saturday. That means it’s Terra Cognita time.
Words that Hurt: Scientology Nomenclature
I never realized how dehumanizing Scientology nomenclature was until my spouse and I began tossing out words LRH and his followers assigned for humans. Turns out, scientology is great at degrading people. If you weren’t one hundred percent onboard with Ron and his tech, he had a name for you—and it wasn’t complimentary.
Note: It would take too long and too many words to try to define all these pejoratives. Google “Scientology Tech Dictionary” for links to sites to help you clear these definitions if you’d like.
Scientology labels people before they ever set foot inside one of their organizations. Outside the front door, he’s considered RAW MEAT. The second he crosses the threshold, he’s a BODY IN THE SHOP.
Everybody living in the outside world—without the benefit of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology—is a WOG—a Worthy Oriental Gentleman. Not only is this term degrading, it’s racist. To this day, the term is widely used inside the church.
Perhaps no section of Scientology uses degrading terms more than Department 3, Ethics. Pretty much everyone is considered ETHICS BAIT, until they’ve visited the Ethics Officer and completed their first course on the subject. For many, it won’t be long before they return.
A few of the more endearing terms used to describe “OUT-ETHICS” people are:
PTS—POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE (all types)
1.1—COVERTLY HOSTILE (especially if you’re gay)
JOKER AND DEGRADER
OUT OF VALENCE
And for those with one or more feet out the door:
Make More Money!
You are mistaken if you thought Registration/Treasury (the money makers) are immune to name calling:
Pick Up the Cans Please
The Technical Division is not immune from labeling and evaluating its students and PCs:
HEAVY DRUG CASE
OUT OF PT—PRESENT TIME
OUT OF VALENCE
Scientologists love assigning emotional tone levels to people, especially to those lower than 2.0 on the Tone Scale (who are on a “succumb postulate”). To name a few favorites:
1.1 COVERTLY HOSTILE
NO SYMPATHY CASE
Being LOW TONED is akin to having an inoperable brain tumor. There’s nothing you can do about it. You’re screwed.
Scientologist or not, everyone is in a Condition. If you’re a WOG, pretty much the best you can hope for is being in NON EXISTENCE. Because unless you’re playing the game of Scientology, you don’t have the tech to pull your sorry ass out of your degraded state.
Everyone one who’s ever been in Scientology more than a month has been assigned a lower condition:
The Sea Org
I was never in the SO but I’m sure the corps brims with unflattering monikers for people not up to their exacting standards. I wouldn’t mind if a few of you ex-SO members filled in the blanks.
(And maybe this isn’t applicable, but I always thought addressing female Sea Org officers as “Sir” was silly.)
For the Weak Minded
Labeling people builds walls and forms divisions between people; it creates an “us vs them” mentality. Making others “less human” is a prop for the weak—making the name-caller think they have something others don’t; that they’re superior. It’s a trick used by Nazis, white supremacist groups, school ground bullies, and by bigoted people throughout the world afraid of people slightly different than themselves.
Labeling people erodes compassion and empathy—for both the “eroder” and the “erodee.” Scientologists feel little but scorn for those unfortunate enough to be slapped with a label of degraded being.
People lose confidence, think less of themselves, and become interiorized from being labeled. Many Scientologists get stuck with labels that follow them around throughout their time inside the church. Once a DB, always a DB. Once a SLOW STUDENT, always a SLOW STUDENT.
One of the goals of Scientology is to extrovert people. Labeling does just the opposite.
By labeling people with degrading terms, Scientology puts itself on par with all the other racist and bigoted organizations in the world.
Still not Declared,