This week, I decided to start reading L. Ron Hubbard’s Data Series, a collection of policies that get into the innards of Scientology thinking, specifically how to handle, evaluate and deal with information (LRH preferred the word “data”).
Encompassing fifty-one policies and stretching out over nearly two hundred pages, the Data Series isn’t exactly a quick read, but it’s a good subject for protesters – especially the first policy, HCO PL 26 April 1970R, Data Series 1R, THE ANATOMY OF THOUGHT. You will find it in OEC Volume 1, which you can download from this MegaUpload link.
In case you don’t care to read it, I’ll sum it up for you:
Non-Scientologists are fucking idiots.
ANATOMY OF THOUGHT describes a Wog world where communication is taught improperly at schools, resulting in all sorts of bizarre behavior. LRH describes the plight of a typical business manager:
“Outside and inside his sphere of influence he is dealing with people who not only can’t think but have been taught carefully to reach irrational conclusions… He is dealing with people who in school were not only not taught to think but were often taught the impossibility of thinking or communicating.
“Here is an example: By opinion it is assumed there are 3000 pounds of potatoes available in a crop. An order is therefore written and payment ($300 at 10 cents a pound) is made for the crop. One sack of potatoes is delivered containing 100 pounds. That sack was the fact. Loss is 2900 pounds of potatoes.” — LRH
(If anyone can make sense of Hubbard’s example, please email and explain it to me. I’m still trying to figure it out.)
“The people with whom he is dealing can’t think to such a degree that they give him insane situations. Such people are not crazy. Their thinking is suppressed and distorted by modern “education.”
“You give this person a brief write-up of company policy. ‘Customers must be satisfied with our service,’ begins the write-up… On down the page is written, ‘A card is sent to advise the customer about the order.’ The employee says he understands all this and goes off apparently happy to carry out his duties. A few weeks later Smith and Co. write and say they will do no more business with you. You hastily try to find out WHY. If you’re lucky enough to track it down, you find the shipping clerk sent them a card saying, ‘Your order was received and we don’t intend to fill it.'” — LRH
This is the gist of the policy: People have been taught ass-backwards thinking, and as a result, they screw up everything. Nothing can get done… at least, not without LRH’s management methods.
Now, how any sane person can buy into this is beyond me. If the general populace were this stupid, how would the Empire State Building have been built? How would the stock market operate every day? How would we have sent a man to the moon? If everyone were this ruined by education, nothing would work. Everything would stop.
And yet Scientologists apparently believe it.
Lest you think I’m cherry-picking, I urge you to download OEC1 and read the policy yourself. LRH really does paint the “Wog world” as such a scary, imbecilic and insane place. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons that many people cling to LRH technology, even when they discover that the organized Church of Scientology is corrupt. (Yeah, yeah, I know – they stay because LRH tech works.)
This touches a nerve with me, because I have always insisted that Scientologists are not idiots. (And I honestly don’t think they are.) And yet what does LRH teach about wogs like me?
That we’re idiots.
More on the Data Series coming up.