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correlation_zerogrowth_After the disastrous Portland Ideal Org Grand Opening, I decided to take a step back and see if I could put my finger on what is the continuing problem in Scientology Inc and with the Idle Org “program”.

And make no mistake about it. It was a disaster from a PR standpoint. To try to open a multi-million dollar homophobic church facility across the street from a gay bar, with the lines-of-sight at street level blocked off with rows of potted Italian cypress trees, Scientology thugs and Portland cops keeping press from attending…even three or four floors up…and with no attendance to speak of, was a laughable PR disaster. Then to digitally manipulate photos of the event so they could claim there were 2500 people in attendance…and get caught at it almost immediately…just adds to the disastrous nature of it.

And the 500 or so attendees prove that Miscavige’s “brilliant” Ideal Org Alliance scheme is totally unworkable and not working.

Since Miscavige is obviously continuing to fail to produce anything impressive despite his flaccid reorganizations I thought I would look to see what further pieces of Scientology Miscavige is failing to apply to the scene.

I found HCO PL 19 May 1970 SANITY, which I think deserves closer examination.

So, in this post, I’m doing something I don’t normally do.

I’m posting an LRH issue on the left, and my running commentary on the right.

(The original issue is posted in full at the very end of this post.)

My recommendation is to read the whole issue first, then read my annotated version of it.

HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

HCO POLICY LETTER OF 19 MAY 1970

Remimeo

Data Series 8

SANITY

 

An observer has to be sane to sanely observe.

This has been so far out in the society that the word “sane” itself has come to mean “conservative” or “cautious.” Or something you can agree with. The 19th century psychologist decided he could not define “normal” and there weren’t any normal people. The 14th century psychiatrist is the 20th century “authority” on sanity. Yet an examination of such shows them to be unable to demonstrate it personally or bring it about, much less define it.

Dictionaries say it is “health, soundness of body or mind; level-headedness, reasonableness.”

Yet sanity is vital to accurate observation.

 

In this policy letter, LRH describes why situations sometimes seem so insane. They don’t add up.This is important because it tells us why Miscavige’s Ideal Org “program” isn’t working. It isn’t resulting in expansion of Scientology.Yet Miscavige keeps pushing the rock uphill, trying to get the promised results from the Ideal Org program that just won’t materialize.I’m begging you to try to follow along and get the information from the bulletin before rejecting it offhand.There’s many Hubbardisms in this policy letter, but, in order to apply its principles to Miscavige, it’s necessary to understand what LRH is saying about the nature of insanity and its adverse effect on getting results in an organization.
FIXED IDEAS
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The “idée fixe” is the bug in sanity.
idée fixe (iday fiks), French. a persistent or obsessing idea, often delusional, that can, in extreme form, be a symptom of psychosis. [1820–30]
Whenever an observer himself has fixed ideas he tends to look at them not at the information. For example, if someone says “the Ideal Org Program isn’t working”, the in-church listener doesn’t have to examine whether or not the Ideal Org Program is working or not. All he has to do is to compare what the speaker is saying to a fixed idea, such as: “Miscavige’s programs are resulting in the greatest expansion in the history of Scientology”.
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You probably saw Tommy Davis resorting to this kind of thinking when talking to Anderson Cooper.
Or what about the person who said “Miscavige is Scientology”?
Prejudiced people are suffering mainly from an “idée fixe.”
The strange part of it is that the “idée fixe” they think they have isn’t the one they do have. This is important to understand and is one of the most difficult parts of LRH’s “idée fixe” theory for most people to get.
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The fixed idea that apparently comes out of a person’s mouth isn’t actually the fixed idea they have.
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Example: In January 2013 Hillary Clinton got backed into a corner in a Congressional inquiry into the Benghazi mess. Frustrated, she burst out with “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans,” Clinton said. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”It might seem like that’s the fixed idea right there – “It doesn’t matter”. But that most likely isn’t the fixed idea.Looking in a wider circle around Hillary, we can take an educated guess at what the fixed idea really is: I’m the first female President of the United States.
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Now, I don’t have to point out that having that datum as a fixed, unshakable idea is insane.
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Especially when we all know Hillary isn’t the POTUS.
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But to the extent that it drives her thinking and actions, she will do things that look and sound nuts.
An example of this is the social “scientist” with a favorite theory. I have seen tons of these birds pushing a theory as though it was the last theory in the world and valuable as a ten-pound diamond. Such throw away any fact that does not agree with theory. That’s how 19th century psychology went off the rails. All fixed ideas and no facts.
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The physical sciences in Hegel’s time did the same thing. There was no 8th planet in the solar system, even when found in a telescope, because “seven is a perfect number so there can only be seven planets.”
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History is full of idiocies — and idiots — with fixed ideas. They cannot observe beyond the idea.
A fixed idea is something accepted without personal inspection or agreement. It is the perfect “authority knows best.” It is the “reliable source.”
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A typical one was the intelligence report accepted by the whole US Navy right up to 7 Dec. 1941, the date of destruction of the US fleet by Jap planes. The pre-Pearl Harbor report, from unimpeachably reliable sources was “the Japanese cannot fly — they have no sense of balance.” The report overlooked that the Japs were the world’s greatest acrobats! It became a fixed idea that caused the neglect of all other reports.
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A fixed idea is uninspected. It blocks the existence of any contrary observation.
This is where the Ideal Org “program” jumps the rails. There’s a lot of “talk” about expansion and “ideal-ness” but the stated purpose is to clear the planet.When there’s Ideal Orgs all over the place and no one is getting cleared, when the courserooms in Ideal Orgs are empty and no auditors are getting made, one must ask: what is the real purpose of the Ideal Org program again?
Most reactionaries (people resisting all progress or action) are suffering from fixed ideas which they received from “authorities,” which no actual experience alters. When you’re reading this section of the bulletin, be sure to ask yourself who are the “reactionaries?” Are they the independent Scientologists. Or is Miscavige the reactionary?
That British red-coated infantry never took cover was another one. It took a score or two of wars and fantastic loss of life to finally break it down. If any single fixed idea destroyed the British Empire, this one is a candidate.
NORMAL SCENE
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The reason a fixed idea can get so rooted and so overlooked is that it appears normal or reasonable
.And somebody or a lot of somebodies want to believe it.Thus a fixed idea can become an ideal. It is probably a wrong ideal. Incapable Jap pilots would be a wish for a navy. It would be wonderful! Red-coated infantry were supposed to be brave and unflinching.In both cases the ideal is irrational.
This is the trap that the few remaining Scientology Inc “loyal parishioners” have fallen into. They want Scientology to expand, so they look at that idea only, and when Miscavige reports that the “stats” show the “expansion”, they don’t say to themselves “those aren’t really stats”. They say instead, “Gee, Mr. Miscavige, that’s reasonable.”
A rational ideal has this law:
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THE PURPOSE OF THE ACTIVITY MUST BE PART OF THE IDEAL ONE HAS FOR
THAT ACTIVITY.
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A navy that has an ideal that the enemy can’t fly is stupidly avoiding its own purpose which is to fight.
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British infantry had the purpose of winning wars, not just looking brave.
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Thus one can analyze for a sane ideal by simply asking, “What’s the purpose of the activity?” If the ideal is one that forwards the purpose, it will pass for sane.There are many factors which add up to an ideal scene. If the majority of these forward the purpose of the activity, it can be said to be a sane ideal.
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If an ideal which does not forward the activity in any way is the ideal being stressed then a fixed idea is present and had better be inspected.
This is where the Ideal Org “program” jumps the rails. There’s a lot of “talk” about expansion and “ideal-ness” but the stated purpose is to clear the planet.
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When there’s Ideal Orgs all over the place and no one is getting cleared, when the courserooms in Ideal Orgs are empty and no auditors are getting made, one must ask: what is the purpose of the Ideal Org program again?
This could be said to be a very harsh utilitarian view of things. But it is not. The artistic playsits role in any ideal. Morale has its part in any ideal.
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An ideal studio for an artist could be very beautiful or very ugly so long as it served him to produce his art. If it was very beautiful yet hindered his artistic activities it would be a very crazy ideal scene.
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A handsome factory that produced would be a high ideal.
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But its nearness to raw materials, transport and worker housing are the more important factors in an ideal of a factory. And its location in a country where the government made an atmosphere in which production could occur could be an overriding part of an “ideal scene.”
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You have to look at what the area is for before you can say whether it is ideal or not.And if its area is too limited to produce or too expensive for it to be solvent, then it isn’t a sane scene.
Morale has its part in any ideal? So why are Scientology parishioners so downtrodden-feeling? Is it because “Production is the basis of morale”? (HCO PL 14 May 1972 MORALE)
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Does that explain why the Ideal Org staff ripped off from other orgs and missions are leaving staff when their staff contracts are up with blinding electronic speed
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URGES TO IMPROVE
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Sometimes the urge to improve an activity is such that it injures or destroys the activity.If one is familiar with the type of activity he must also realize that there is a law involved.
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THE FACT THAT SOMETHING IS ACTUALLY OPERATING AND SOLVENT CANOUTWEIGH THE UNTESTED ADVANTAGES OF CHANGING IT.
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In other words, an ideal scene might be vastly different but the actual scene IS operating.
Again, we see that Miscavige is apparently trying to improve the Scientology scene.
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But in the year 2013, we can see that Miscavige’s approach to accomplishing the improving is actually destroying the activity – Scientology.
So the factor of OBSESSIVE CHANGE enters. Change can destroy with ferocity. This part of the bulletin tells us why Miscavige’s interference has been destroying scientology.
Whole areas of London, jammed with small but customer-filled shops, have been swept away to make room for chromium high-rent modern stores which stand empty of buyers.
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Birmingham, where you could get anything made, had all its tiny craft shops swept away and replaced with high-rent huge new buildings all on some progress-crazy psychotic break.
According to this section of the bulletin, if Miscavige were sane and if he were really trying to achieve an Ideal Scene, he would have to know what works and what is desirable.Having never worked in a Mission or a Class V org, the opportunity to observe what works and know what is desirable has been denied him.
Possibly the new stores and the huge new shops fitted somebody’s “ideal” but they did not match an actual operating environment.
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It is this difference between an ideal scene and a practical scene which brings down many old businesses and civilizations.
And there it is: Miscavige’s Ideal Orgs fit his “ideal” but none of them provide an actual operating environment.
Therefore, to have an ideal, familiarity with what works is desirable.
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It is quite possible without any familiarity, to imagine a successful ideal. BUT IT MUST NOT HAVE ANY FIXED IDEAS IN IT.
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It is the fixed idea that knocks a practical operating living environment in the head.
If Miscavige were sane and if he were really trying to achieve an Ideal Scene, he would have to know what works and what is desirable.
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Having never worked in a Mission or a Class V org, the opportunity to observe what works and know what is desirable has been denied him.
Do-gooders are always at this. They see in a row of old shacks, not economic independence and a lazy life but P-O-V-E-R-T-Y. So they get a new housing project built, shoot taxes into the sky, put total control on a lot of people and cave in a society.
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The do-gooder is pushing the 19th century fixed idea of the Comte de Saint-Simon — to gear the whole economy down to the poorest man in it. In other words to reward only the downstat. Everyone becomes a slave of course but it sure sounds good.
Newspapermen are probably the world’s worst observers. They observe through the fixed ideas of the publisher or the prevailing control group. Their stories are given them before they leave the office. Yet their observations advise the public and the government! In the age of Miscavige, Scientology staff are probably the world’s worst observers.They observe through the fixed ideas of Miscavige and altered church policy and the “command intention” that is thrust down their throats at every turn.
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They don’t actually observe the state of the church – the whole church — instead operating on Miscavige’s platitudes and promises.
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They only see what’s going on at their local org, because that’s all they’re allowed to see.
The outpoints to be found in any contemporary newspaper brand most stories as false before one proceeds more than a paragraph.
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Yet this is what the world public is expected to run on.
The outpoints to be found in any piece of Scientology promo or Int Event brands further claims and braggadocio as false, delusional and unreal.
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Yet this is what the church is expected to run on.
Naturally it distorts the scene toward raving insanity. This conflicts with the native logic of people so the public thinks the world a lot madder than it really is.
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In two cities all newspapers were suspended from publication for quite a period. In both, crime dropped to zero! And resumed again when newspapers were again published.
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The ideal scene of the citizen in his workaday world is vastly different than the scene depicted in a newspaper.
The difference between the two can make one feel quite weird. This in more modern times the difference between Miscavology and the published LRH writings called Scientology is a difference which creates a weird sensation that is called “cognitive dissonance”
Thus there should not be too wide a difference between the ideal and the represented scene. And not too wide a difference between the ideal and the actual scene. In other words, Miscavige wouldn’t be losing if he were telling the truth.
R (reality) consists of the is-ness of things. One can improve upon this is-ness to bring about an ideal and lead the R up to it. This is normal improvement and is accepted as sane.
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One can also degrade the R by dropping the representation (description) of the scene well below the actual. In the black propaganda work traditionally carried on by many governments this latter trick of corrupting the R is the means used to foment internal revolt and war.
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Both actions of upgrade and downgrade are outpoints when reported as facts. “We made ₤1000 in reserves this week” is as crazily outpoint as “the government went broke this week” when either one is not the truth.
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When the report says, “we should plan a higher income,” it is leading to a higher ideal and is not an outpoint mainly because it is not representing any fact but a hopeful and ambitious management.
FIVE POINT
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When none of the outpoints are present, yet you do have reports and the scene is functioning and fulfilling its purpose one would have what he could call a sane scene.
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If all 5 points were absent yet the scene was not functioning well enough to live, it would be such a departure from the ideal that that itself would be outpoint in that importance was altered. What is out here is the whole situation! The situation analysis would be instantly visible.
But in practice this last happens only in theory, not in practice. A collapsing situation is forecast by outpoints in its data.Organisms and organizations tend to survive.A decline of survival is attended also by outpoints.
There are five primary ways for a relay of information or a situation to become illogical:
(1) omit a fact.
(2) change sequence of events.
(3) drop out time.
(4) add a falsehood.
(5) alter importance.
(HCO PL 11 May 70, Admin Dictionary)
SANITY IS SURVIVAL
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Anything not only survives better when sane but it is true that the insane doesn’t survive.
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Thus survival potential can be measured to a considerable degree by the absence of outpoints.
This does not mean that sane men can’t be shot or sane organizations can’t be destroyed. It means only that there is far less chance of them being shot and destroyed.
There are so many outpoints in Miscavige’s actions and plans and intentions and lies that we can immediately conclude that following Miscavige is a non-survival action.
So long as men and organizations are connected to insane men and organizations, wild things can and do happen unexpectedly.But usually such things can be predicted by outpoints in others. “Hello, FBI? I’m calling from Narconon….”
When sane men and organizations exist in a broad scene that is convulsed with irrationality, it takes very keen observation and a good grip on logic and fast action to stay alive. This is known as “environmental challenge.” It can be overdone! Too much challenge can overwhelm.The difference between such happening to a sane man or organization and to the insane would be that the failure did not itself become a fixed idea.
INSANITY
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The 5 primary illogics or outpoints as we call them are of course the anatomy of insanity.In their many variations the insanity of any scene can be sounded and the nucleus of it located.
By locating and then closely inspecting, such a point of insanity can then be handled.When you know what insanity really is you can then confront it and handle it. One is not driven into a huge generality of “everything is insane.”
By detecting and eliminating small insane areas, taking care not to destroy the sane things around it, one can gradually lift any situation up to sanity and survival.
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By seeing what is insane in a scene and seeing why it is insane, one has by comparison also found what is sane.
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By locating and understanding outpoints one finds the pluspoints; for any given situation.And that is often quite a relief..

L. RON HUBBARD
Founder

It seems to me that LRH is describing the make-break point of when an operation becomes irretrievable. In other words, if the only way to correct the scene is to tear down the whole scene and start over, because when the mechanisms in the organization have become too insane to correct in a piecemeal fashion, only wholesale tear-down and build-up can work.

So, what do you think?

Is it even remotely possible that Miscavige’s fixed ideas are holding up the expansion of the church?

Is it even remotely possible that Miscavige’s fixed ideas are fouling up the whole “Ideal Org” scheme?

Is it even remotely possible that LRH was thinking about Miscavige’s future church-destruction?

If it is possible, what fixed idea of Miscavige’s do you think it is?

And if it is possible, what action is possible — other than getting Miscavige forcibly audited by the church (which would be a violation of the auditor’s code and which wouldn’t work) – that can fix it?

Inquiring minds want to know.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

After the jump are the scans of the actual bulletin. Click on the thumbnail to get a larger version.


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2 Comments

John Doe  on May 18th, 2013

Great post! It describes the existing scene perfectly.

It was amusing to me that in the Policy Letter about fixed ideas, LRH shows he has fixed ideas about the Press!

What would Miscavige’s fixed idea be? It would be in the area of a personal operating basis Service Fac, something along the lines of, “I am successful to the degree that I keep everyone off balance and undermine those more capable than me.”

Why a whole focus on Ideal Orgs? Well, one reason might be that corporate Scn has had a good record years ago of renovating old buildings using cheap staff labor and esprit de corps resulting in a tangible improvement in the building. It is a product Miscavige and others are able to observe and get broad agreement that an improvement has taken place.

A nice building is much easier to SEE than say, a subjective case gain produced by doing a grade chart action on somebody, which is supposed to be the real product of Scn. When you add in the fact that Miscavige probably has had little to no case gain over the decades, you have the leader of Scn having no subjective reality on the value of the subject.

But renovations in Scn is something he has grown up around and something that IS real to him and so is something he CAN do.

PlainOldThetan  on May 18th, 2013

It was amusing to me that in the Policy Letter about fixed ideas, LRH shows he has fixed ideas about the Press!

That’s precisely the kind of Hubbardism I was alluding to.

What would Miscavige’s fixed idea be? It would be in the area of a personal operating basis Service Fac, something along the lines of, “I am successful to the degree that I keep everyone off balance and undermine those more capable than me.”

I suppose that’s plausible, but it doesn’t explain the “Model Narconon” in Nepal or the obsessive insistence on making “Ideal Orgs”. It doesn’t explain “Int Events” to me. Remember the example about why there couldn’t be an eighth planet? An eighth planet would shake someone’s fixed datum. What fixed datum of Miscavige’s would be shaken if he couldn’t have Ideal Orgs or Model Narconons or Int Events?

Why a whole focus on Ideal Orgs? Well, one reason might be that corporate Scientology has had a good record years ago of renovating old buildings using cheap staff labor and esprit de corps resulting in a tangible improvement in the building. It is a product Miscavige and others are able to observe and get broad agreement that an improvement has taken place.

A nice building is much easier to SEE than say, a subjective case gain produced by doing a grade chart action on somebody, which is supposed to be the real product of Scn. When you add in the fact that Miscavige probably has had little to no case gain over the decades, you have the leader of Scientology having no subjective reality on the value of the subject.

But renovations in Scientology is something he has grown up around and something that IS real to him and so is something he CAN do.

So you’re saying that the Ideal Org program is an attempt to rebuild R amongst Scientologists; that’s to substitute for the R inside the church that’s dissolved with the injection of Miscavology and the active work Miscavige is doing to eliminate auditors as the true Scientology elite? (As in: an auditor is senior to a Clear.)

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