By L.Ron Hubbard
“I myself periodically study auditing and put a polish on my own skill.
“I don’t have to say “I don’t know”, but I’m not so arrogant as to believe I’m above knowing how to do things. So if every year or two I can study how to audit without going into a long rigmarole about how I’m above all that, I can reasonably expect others to have a sane view of their own skill too.
“Any skill can be improved—one can know more about any subject—unless one has already decided he or she already knows all about it.
“The successful progress of a student is inversely proportional to the student’s preconception of knowing it already. An arrogant assumption of total knowing without inspection is the surest way to make no progress.
“One does or does not know the data before him. That’s elementary. Why should it become involved with emotionalism?
“The fast student is not concerned with necessities to maintain status by asserting how much he or she already knows. The fast student is only interested in knowing what he does not know, studying it and then knowing that he knows it.
“The slow student is so busy putting on that he knows that he never finds out he doesn’t in fact know.”
HCO PL 11 June 64, NEW STUDENTS DATA, STAR RATED FOR NEW STUDENTS