By Jim Logan
At a recent Open House here I had a chance to talk to somebody who had experienced “Sec Checking” in the Corporate Church as a young staff member within the past decade. It seems that others (young men in fact) had been getting their own “Sec Checks” and were being aroused by the form, figure and presence of a young woman (the staff member)..
Subsequently, the young woman herself was “Sec Checked” for her assumed heinous overts in the arousal of these young men.
The young men were guilty of the crime of auto-eroticism – masturbation (and apparently it was not so “auto” since the young woman was “cause”). The “logic” of the “Sec Checker” and the Moralists at Arms (MAAs) was that this crime was instigated by this young woman. What to do, what to do…
(How about a berka? This makes sense since that’s the same logic one group takes to stem the tide of all this interaction of a sexual particle nature. )
I was stunned to find the extremely gross out-tech of the young woman’s “Sec Checking” and equally stunned to find the “moralism” that has taken the place of actual Scientology confessional technology, which moralism in fact manufactures “madness” in all this nonsense about sex and the Second Dynamic.
I decided to follow up on all this attention on “masturbation” and came across some interesting facts.
A look at the history of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, in Athens, Ohio in the late 19th century revealed that “The most shocking information within the employee records are the evidence and documentation of hydrotherapy, electroshock, lobotomy, and psychotropic drugs, some of which have been discredited today as extremely inhumane ways of treating a patient. The leading cause of insanity among the male patients was masturbation, according to the annual report of 1876.” (Wikipedia).
Agog, I searched further and found that indeed, masturbation was considered a CAUSE of insanity, and the asylums run by psycho-iatrists, filled with these defilers, in order to cure them of their lunacy.
Some treatments are covered above in the Wiki quote. Others included pouring acid on a woman’s clitoris, or sewing the foreskin shut with wire on men. Other such treatments of the “insane” are recorded in the annals of the psychiatric profession.
Checking up on how this could possibly be true, I found the “science” behind the psychiatry. One brief description follows (begin excerpt):
The idea passed into the realm of official medical thought with Tissot’s Onania, or a Treatise upon the Disorders produced by Masturbation in 1758. According to Tissot:
…[L]oss of semen … occasions general debility and so opens the way to consumption, deterioration of eyesight, disorders of digestion, impotence, and so on…[T]he more serious effects are on the nervous system and this is due to the sexual act causing an increased flow of blood to the brain. “This increase of blood explains how these excesses produce insanity. The quantity of blood distending the nerves weakens them; and they are less able to resist impressions, whereby they are enfeebled.”
During the following years anatomical and pathological study revealed that disease was caused by structural abnormality or derangement, and the claim that masturbation could cause “deterioration of the eyesight, disorders of digestion, etc.” lost currency. But medical professionals refused to give up the idea that masturbation was harmful and the locus of harm became mental health.
According to Esquirol, writing in 1838:
… it (masturbation) may be a forerunner of mania, of dementia and even of senile dementia; it leads to melancholy and suicide; … it is a grave obstacle to cure in those of the insane who frequently resort to it during their illness.
The view that masturbation causes insanity was refined over time to a specific form of insanity. In his classification of mental disorders written in 1863, Skae asserts:
The third natural family I would assign to the masturbators… I think it cannot be denied that that vice produces a group of symptoms which are quite characteristic and easily recognized, and give to the cases a special natural history: the peculiar imbecility and shy habits of the very youthful victim; the suspicion and fear and dread and suicidal impulses and scared look and feeble body of the older offenders, passing gradually into Dementia or Fatuity.
This theory was elaborated by Spitzka (1887):
… the typical age of onset of masturbatic insanity is between 13 and 20 years; it is at least five times as common in males as in females because of the greater rarity of masturbation in females; in the majority of cases there is a rapid decline into agitated dementia, but where deterioration is less rapid “the obtrusive selfishness, cunning, deception, maliciousness and cruelty of such patients” is such that “the [doctor] may find it impossible to reconcile himself to regarding them as anything else than repulsive eye-sores and a source of contamination to other patients, physically and morally.” End excerpt.
An additional resource on the subject is found here and I also found this from Thomas Szasz
One quote from this last article is “Long ago I became persuaded that it is not possible to understand modern psychiatric practices unless they are seen as manifestations of a popular madness; and that it is not possible to perceive them in such a light without being familiar with the history of psychiatry, which furnishes ample evidence to compromise its moral and scientific pretensions. Here, I shall briefly retell the story of what, until relatively recently, had been the most commonly diagnosed and most enthusiastically treated mental disease in the history of medicine, namely, masturbation.”
It is clear to me, from my own observation and repair of cases, that the Corporate Church has gone so far astray from actual Scientology as to become in fact akin to a 19th Century psychiatric practice, with moralism masquerading as ethics, and a stultified in extremus (as foolish and truly bonko as can be) concept of behaviour as could exist, just like those lunatic asylums and the truly insane running them.
“Sec Checkers” in the valence of psychiatric moralists?!
NOTE: At the beginning of one of the most extensive and reaching Confessionals, the Joburg, LRH clearly states that in Scientology “we are NOT moralists”. One who has truly studied and understood the body of work related to Confessionals including the study of the ACCs of 58/59 (for example Establishment of R, 21st ACC, 28 Jan 59), knows the true technical and philosophical data behind this technology. It has zero, zip, nada to do with being “moralists”, and the last thing in the universe it has to do with is the “curing of masturbation as the cause of insanity”.