Feeling isolated is a common theme among young people who suffer homophobic bullying

By Lana M.

Earlier this week I had travelled to Brisbane for a meeting and was returning by plane late in the evening. The very full plane slowly emptied, and because I was well towards the back, I waited and watched as the large number of people worked their way out.

I finally had a chance to move, so with bags in hand I headed down the aisle and thanked the hostess standing at the door. I walked out onto the jet bridge ramp that was going to get me to the terminal and ahead of me was a long stream of people doing the same.

I then noted that a man was acting strangely, with knees bent, swaying, and making gestures. The three people in front of me deliberately walked around this man (which required moving right over to the side of the ramp) and then they hurried on. It was clear they did not know what was going on and did not want to know.

I stopped in front of the man and looked at him, and he was distressed (but it was unclear why or what was happening). I asked if he needed help, and he said yes, and then he slowly folded over and collapsed to the floor, shaking.

People coming up behind me literally stepped around myself and the man, and continued to head up the exit ramp.

The man, now shaking heavily, told me in a disjointed voice that it would pass soon and not to panic, and then he went into a full-blown epileptic seizure.  It was just him and me remaining in the ramp as all other passengers had virtually fled to get away from whatever was going on.

I called back to the hostess, who could see from the plane what was happening, and then I waited next to the man as his whole body shook and twisted out of his control.

Finally, after several minutes, the seizure started to ease. The man was panting, sweating and face down on the floor, with his legs twisted and his body contorted.  I reached down and touched his back firmly, and told him he was OK, and to feel my hand.  He turned his head to me and we locked eyes for several minutes while his breathing finally slowed.

By this time there were 3 hostesses, 3 policemen, and 2 airport security men as well as the head of the airport management all standing in the ramp, watching — and none of them said a word. They were literally frozen, not saying anything or doing anything.  The man lay face down, panting and exhausted, and it seemed that none of the people present knew what to do.

I have little to no familiarity with epilepsy, but I asked the man if I could make him more comfortable and helped him into a sitting position, and then gave him a bottle of water that I had in my bag. He drank and then started apologizing for the trouble he was causing. A hostess finally spoke and said that the emergency fire paramedics were on their way and not to move. She asked him if he wanted a drink of water (he had a bottle in his hand, still half full, and he had been drinking from it).

He answered no – he already had one. (LOL)

About 5 minutes later the fire paramedics arrived and they took his blood pressure (which was out the roof) and asked him for his personal details, details on his fits and so on. I remained there the whole time, standing next to the man — and one of the paramedics asked if I was travelling with him and I said no, I just happened to be there at the time.

The man explained that his father was waiting for him in the airport, and he would still be there, wondering where he was. None of the people present volunteered to make sure a message was gotten to his father, though there were plenty who could have.

After some 20 minutes, with the needed emergency forms filled out, and everyone happy that he wasn’t going to die right there in the airport, he was OK to leave. No one had brought a wheelchair and no one offered one, so I told him I would make sure he got back to his dad and I carried his bags for him.

The two of us, with a fire paramedic as an escort, walked down to find his dad and turn him over. He was embarrassed and had to explain to his dad that he had “had a turn” while getting off the plane. This obviously happens very regularly as his dad rolled his eyes and said ‘OK, let’s get you home!”.

As I drove home from the airport I was pleased that I could help the man, but I was saddened that all the other passengers had fled when there was a man acting strangely. None had the willingness or confront to reach out to him and help a stranger – in fact, they were not even up to asking him if he needed help.

The big, bad, dangerous environment that we live in, that is promoted and daily built up in the media, has people scared to reach out and ask another if they need help.

But who are we, really, if we cannot help another?

Who are we, personally, if we cannot step out of our comfort zone and help a person who is distressed?

And what a sad reflection this is on current society that so many will flee rather than ask someone if they can assist them?

Self preservation has become the order of the day.

Reflecting on this ever since, I concluded that my view is that without the ability to confront and reach out to another, we have nothing but a quiet loneliness of isolation.

And it surprises me how many people are in this isolation.

Do me a favour — reach out to someone today. Someone you don’t know, have never met, and don’t know the name of.

And ask them how they are doing and if they need any help.

It is amazing what a difference it makes in their lives, and yours. 🙂

“By their actions you shall know them, whether bad or good, whether on another side or ours.

“And what is their actions gives us the keenest insight? Their ability to help.  

LRH HCOB 28 May 1960 By Their Actions

61 thoughts on “Quiet loneliness

  1. “It seems that for some people the idea of compassion entails a complete disregard for or even a sacrifice of their own interests. This is not the case. In fact, you first of all have to have a wish to be happy yourself – if you don’t love yourself like that, how can you love others?” The Dalai Lama

  2. The really sad part about it all, Lana, is that all those other people you mention are beings like you and me and are very much in need of help as well. I count myself lucky I found some truth in this life and that I have a chance to “pay it forward”. 🙂

  3. Lana,

    Glad you were there to help this poor guy out. Looks like he was having a Grand Mal Seizure.

    The whole event reminds me of a song by Gordon Lightfoot. Someone from Chris’ neck of the woods and a former Scientologist:

  4. Lana,

    I’d like to reproduce this in the FREE THETAN as a special success story of what a Scientologist really does. Thanks.

    OK by me.

    ML Mike APIS

  5. I’ve mention to Paul in the past that the best thing we as Scientologists can do is live what we believe. Let others know us by our works, not what rumors say. You illustrated a beautiful example of this. Very well done. An example to us all.

    ML, Nancy

  6. People dont forget those who help in a time of need, it warms their heart and encourages them and others to do the same down the track. To me those people are the big beings, whether Scientologist or not!

  7. That’s great Lana! The ability to confront is a high ability. I guess what Ron gave us is a way to increase that ability. It’s obvious that some beings do have this ability right there. Imagine what can happen when that ability is increased in the population of Earth.

    It’s imperative that we organise our 3D lines. A whole good people are around, here and there. Admin experts are needed to form up a kind of a loose org and keep communication amongst them at least.

    It’s happening as we can now see who are really here to keep the legacy Ron left with us. It’s not easy. It’s not little groups or individuals. It’s a big community of us. That’s the comfort message from Ron: use your 3D and use it wisely and thoughtfully and all is going to be well.

    Thanks for standing by this man, this is really Being There as a Theta Being.

    • Thanks Theo. There is an organisation, there is a basic org board, and there are programs in place and running. Communication is flowing well and best of all, delivery just continues to build. All is well in the world 🙂

      • Dear Lana, I remember the day I saw you at ASHO Day. You were in CMO if I am not mistaken. Correct me if I am wrong. You were shining and bright, short hair in the blue uniform… Adorable. And above all, you weren’t like the others, there was Affinity flowing and not just “authority” coming out of you. In other words you were standing out of the crowd. Even there.

        So, I do respect you and all that you do till this day. But permit me to say that there is no organisation. Maybe I have something else in mind when we talk about organisation. And maybe (allow me to say) I have something more standard in mind whereas others run away from standard admin now, as a result of the bad application of Miscavige. If there is a basic org board do let me know. I would like to connect but I am talking about an org board that unites the Indie Field. Not just one org board somewhere in the world. It does things daily with scientologists around the globe, be it Australia, Europe, the U.S. or Russia and I don’t know what else.

        We have come up the line to a point where we can confront evil which is the lowest thing there is. And we can only progress and do something if we do observe what’s really there. The problem with Scientology on this planet is administrative and ethics. The Tech is here. The other two prongs are missing. That’s my viewpoint.

          • Ι spoke with Lana and listened to her on what has to be done and I will check the Org Series which I haven’t fully read.

            However, I do keep a viewpoint as you say, Lou, and that is that once there are resources (meaning all the scientologists who are around) one can get those people to help.

            I know it sounds upside down or wrong sequence to put an Org Board there, a 7 or even 9 Div first, instead of getting more people involved or revitalised. But actually it’s not. As a matter of fact the org board is there, parked like a spaceship, that some will get aboard and use it. It looks like we don’t know how to drive such a thing yet. But i am sure we will. Anyway, we are looking at it, right now. And it’s a beautiful vehicle.

            It can even revitalise people. All that it is the org board is a (ok, I admit) disciplined system with hats (terminals), lines and specific purposes. I am not going to discuss its use. It’s beyond discussions, it’s something that you put in effect and then you see what a vehicle it is.

            However, as I said to Lana, I will read the Org Series and I am not insisting on a Div 7 Org Board necessarily. But I insist on some org board that happens to be known and that utilises a lot of people. I think that there are soooooo many people who would help that it would be a big surprise.

            The 7 div org is the cycle of action. It starts with Source, goes to Existence and then when there is Existence there are Conditions. That’s just Div 7. Then once there is a Condition there must be Recognition of this Condition. (Div 1, Department 1, Recognition). And then you have to Communicate with that Condition after you have that recognition. Communication, Dept 2. And then you can have Perception. After you communicate. Perception (Dept 3). Once you have Perception you get to Orientation (Dept 4) and then Understandings come (Dept 5) and Purposes (Dept 6) or Enlightment as I found it on the new org board but in LRH lecture Org Board and Livingness (it’s in the Briefing Course) it was Purposes.

            What’s the Condition today? There is a scattered, low morale, individuated field. Well a good Group Auditor (Administrator) wouldCommunicate with this. And the Volume of Communication is so Big that only the org board in my opinion can encompass this.
            I have done it at ASHO Central Files. I got 150 people there, just by picking up the phone (Reception) and trying to put an org board there. Then ED Int awarded the Briefing Course to the volunteers who would help and the place got packed. A CMO Mission under John Axel got it up to 250 people (all Divs and Departments there) and named that Org Board’s Source: Theo Sismanides… That’s my medal from my SO career. A writing in a basement on a piece of paper on a wall saying Source: Theo Sismanides. I want to thank John Axel because, yes, hell, I was the Source of that thing. The project got done. Ever after I tried to learn to work with that org board. It’s hard, very hard in the beginning but then you start controlling more than you would think because you add resources. But if you just add people you can crash it if one piece is missing (and I was missing the Ethics dept. completely) so a Mission had to come to keep that thing going. I had started to destroy my own creation. I was bored anyway, to continue.

            I am not going to go any further and I don’t want to sound that I am bragging or that I was smarter. No. Just wanted to ack LRH for giving me that big, broad tool for my life and forever. But it cannot be done by one not even a few.

            So allow me to humbly say that few know the org board like that, as far as I can see. That’s a Sequence of Logical Steps. I get confused up on Div 6 or maybe even earlier. But LRH wasn’t confused at all. It’s the STANDARD SCIENTOLOGY ORG BOARD WHICH DM FUCKED UP AND SUPPRESSED. And now it’s not recognised as THE Standard tool to boom orgs OR change conditions in life.

            In my opinion this org board (the 9 Div one) IS the culmination of LRH’s work re the know how of how to keep a 3D together and productive at fullest capacity. I am sorry that the Scientologists were not given the chance to fully see and understand it’s effects because of the suppression of Int Mgmt and Miscavige. Still a lot is being accomplished and still going in the church BECAUSE of the Org Board and it’s philosophy which cannot be undone easily even by the suppressives. It’s still there. But that does not mean that some of us have not seen its true value. And as we are in the era of the Internet, credit cards and everything else, there is no need at all for its stuff to be at the same space and time, at all, at all. We already have been operating under extreme anomalous conditions.

            The big Why in the field is that there is not enough free theta in volume and organised to deal with all the entheta that we encounter daily. I hope I didn’t tire you guys.

              • Chris, the task is huge. There is no other better vehicle for me than the Div 9 (actually Org Board). Of course the org board is like a space ship actually and I cannot drive it on my own. It cannot be piloted by one person not even a few. It will provide all the needed resources to move that mountain. It can wield power. A lot of people will join and take a post.

                The difficult part is to put that thing together. The sequence of flows. Not all functions need to be manned up right from the beginning. But we have to work on the blueprint of the org board. Put it back together. Meanwhile to start doing actions provided on a smaller org board but workable.

                Where can I find Org Program No 1.? It’s not in the Org Series.

                Imagine we start talking to people, saying we need several Chaplains to start getting in comm with scientologists and getting the data from them to find out what has happened to them and what is happening. That’s just one hat. All of us we can do the Chaplain hat, ALL HANDS. That’s just one thing.

                I don’t know Chris, I am just saying. It’s a start. We got to reach out.

                  • Theo, Organization Program No. 1 is in Vol 7 as Lana says. It’s also in Vols 0 and 6. LRH ED 49RA INT is a vital issue you should familiarize yourself with.

                    Organization Program No.1 0:98; 6:92; 7:275. (1991 Issue of the OEC volumes)

                    • Sure Lana, I will read the Org Series. Meanwhile I don’t want to sound reasonable anymore. The Org Board is the Standard Admin solution that LRH gave for 3Ds to thrive. I read the Organisation Program No 1 and it says exactly that. Everything is based on the 3 prongs of HES, OES and PES.

                      I am asking for your and Jim’s help and all of the attendees here for a discussion on the subject so that we can put forth our ideas and see if there are people who are willing to go ahead and put their shoulder to the wheel.

                      Given the situation of the planet and the way things go I am not really feeling that anything less would be enough to keep us in a good shape.

                      Rationality is the ability to recognise and meet the counter efforts applied to the individual. LRH gave us back our rationality by letting us recognise the counter efforts applied to a Thetan (engrams, implants, ARC breaks, O/Ws etc.). That IS the Tech.

                      Meeting the counter efforts is hand in glove with the Admin Tech. How much we can do in how little time. That’s called Volume. Without the Big Consensus of scientologists to at least help to that direction, to create a big global org which can assist auditors and tech trained staff to deliver more and in volume while promoting the idea that Scientology is still free and intact in our community.

                    • Thank you Theo. We already have an org board and your assumption that there is not one is not helping any. There are many, many shoulders to the wheel already — and delivery is occurring and continuing to grow. We already have consensus and contribution from many, and a growing network. We don’t need a debate on whether or not that exists — as it does.
                      Please read the Org Series, which IS the management technology on organizing groups and then message me.

              • Chris I answered at the bottom of the thread as I don’t see the “Post Comment” sign after your’s and Lana’s comments here. I did find and re-read Organization Program No 1. See my comment at the bottom of the thread.

  8. Beautiful action Lana. It is good that you can be counted among those who know who you really are! So, thank you for being you!

    I also can relate to your surprise and dismay in seeing others turn away. They don’t know it but they are in more trouble than the fellow having a seizure. Fortunately, as Chris points out, Scientology has procedures that can help both parties. We just have to keep on keeping on because the world desperately needs this Tech.
    The song Chris posted made me think of a poem I wrote several years ago when I was spending time with my mother and her friend (both of them in their mid-80’s). They were both up-tone people, but I noticed how most people did not seem to grant them much beingness and seemed to want to end any comm cycle as quickly as possible. The poem gives a possible explanation as to why many people seem to react this way to the elderly or people who are ill.


    Dishpan faces in old skin, translucent,
    becoming more and more invisible
    by the day, the week, the year

    Older eyes, looking out
    But, more often, they only peer
    tired from the fear

    Reflected back from younger eyes
    which dart away too soon
    from visions of their own demise

    And loneliness left there then,
    In older eyes does then waste
    into a wandering, hopeless place…

    And those, for now so young,
    intuiting their unintended crime,
    run only faster from Love and Time

    As they grow “older” with each step.

  9. It’s what we do Lana. We can’t help it. We’ve been given the tools to help and once we found out we could help, there is no turning back. No one cares anymore. There is so much bad news around right now, that people have flipped back into the first dynamic.
    But you know, it wasn’t always this way, especially in Australia. I was the CO ANZO in 1984 and one day I was to MC the LRH Birthday event. Me and Cheryl Wikens went to change into clean Class A’s and took a taxi back to the berthing building. The cab driver was all excited because we were his first fare in his new car and couldn’t stop yammering about it. He plowed into the back of a truck in Kings Cross and I went through the windshield. I had to give myself a locational and when the ambulance came I, of course, refused to go to the hospital and took another cab home.
    I had a goose egg on my forehead the size of a softball. I made it to the event early, and all of the Sea Org were there. Cheryl told the CO AOSH what happened and the older women went into action, giving me touch assists and cold packs. When the event started I did my MC bit, introduced the next guest and then went backstage for more assists and cold packs.
    The women there, would be in their 90’s now, knew what to do and didn’t hesitate. I witnessed an old culture there of thetans who knew the drill – man down, help him now!
    This is what I loved about Australia, but I see it’s become Americanized and that’s a shame. Pretty soon we’ll be needing the South African Rundown (SARD) where we will have to be handled on “Help”.

    ML Tom

    • Tom,

      Depends what part of America you are referring to. I mean here in LA there is still the ethnic of helping your neighbor a fellow traveller out.

      While places like New York are cold and detached stepping over “detritus” of humanity lest they get their polished shoes dirty.

      • Tom must also not be talking about the South. There’s a reason for the saying, “Southern Hospitality.” You could find the same ‘good neighbor’ viewpoint in the Heartland of this great nation. In fact, pretty much anywhere in small town America. But you’re right about NYC. The same is probably true in Chicago or Detroit.

        • “small town America.”

          Small town just about anywhere, I’d say. The bigger cities alienate and individuate people, first because that’s the design and history of large urban centres, and second, because there’s a concerted effort to do fracture “neighbourliness’ as individuals are easier to control than groups and hospitable neighbours. I think Orwell and Huxley nailed it pretty well in “1984” and “Brave New World”. 😉

            • “And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing ⦠a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.”

              Looks like a good read/listen. Similar to what LRH says the purpose of implants were – to enslave and control entire societies en masse. Thanks for the link, Robin.

          • In the PDCs Ron talks about how those in the country have alot of space and consequently are more keyed out than those who live in the city where there is alot less space.NY is the ultimate in crowed conditons.

          • Hey Chris,

            I think that Orwell’s 1984, even though it was a HEAVY message was a great call to arms which was successful in slowing the slide into slavery.

            Huxley was another matter. In his book, Brave New World, written in 1931 he did not so much satire a drugged up culture, as wallow in it. And if it was originally meant as satire, he later must have changed his point of view completely. I remember when I was in college and he came to deliver a lecture, the gist of which was that LSD was the wonder drug which would “take mankind to our next evolutionary step” ! I kid you not. My impression was that he was a drug pusher.
            A few years later Freedom Magazine (back in the days when it was respected for its impecable research) discovered that Huxley, along with his partners in crime, Harvard psychologists Timothy Leary and Alan Watts, had all taken a “trip guiding” course delivered at the University of Saskatchewan by a Dr. Duncan Blewett. Together, they promoted drugs to young people world wide and were big factors in sparking the “psychedelic revolution”. These guys greatly harmed at least one generation.
            So, I don’t think that Huxley should be compared too closely to Orwell as far as their social impact is concerned. I occasionally wonder how even greater the generation of the ’60s might have been if so many had not been doing drugs.
            As for Blewitt, I remember reading in a newspaper article in the ’90s that, after Canada had documented that he had been in the pay of the CIA, there had been an effort to remove his tenure at U of Saskatchewan.
            Huxley continued experimenting with drugs and wound up taking LSD on his death bed ! Again, I kid you not.

            Orwell on the other hand helped the world to survive by raising awareness of the evils of the cult of psychiatry and its unholy alliance with totalitarianism.

            • Totally understand ESP.

              Actually Huxley’s big contribution to the psychedelic movement if you can call such was that he and a Dr. Osmond another psyche from Saskatchewan created the word “psychedelic” as well as writing the book “Doors to Perception” which was used for a band from LA some may of heard of with some guy named Jim Morrison as their front man who’s daddy happened to work in Naval Intelligence.

              Reminds me of that old tune connections but anyway the fact is that Huxley definitely did have a great deal of insider knowledge of the plan to create a pharmaceutical society.

              BTW Ron himself recommends reading Huxley’s Doors to Perception in an Operating Bulletin.

              That said. After listening to the “Ultimate Revolution” whatever else Huxley was he was to a greater or lesser degree a whistle blower intentionally or not.

        • New York in particular because for the most part I think the highest tone level there is antagonism.

          Reminds of a joke told to me by a New Yorker.

          Ever hear a New York echo:


          “Fuck yoooooo….”


  10. I couldn’t post this answer to Lana and Chris at the appropriate post above, there would be no POST sign under my comment. So, posting it here.

    Well, actually I read it. I don’t see Org Program No 1 contradicting or bypassing the org board. On the contrary: IT’S BASED on the org board.

    If people think that they cannot get people to man up a big org board, that’s a different story.

    LRH says in the first paragraphs of ORG PROGRAM NO 1.:

    “Where an org is forming or where its stats are low or its performance poor or it is failing it is urgent that this LRH ED be put into immediate effect.
    As the form of the org is the first thought and action of the HCO Exec Sec, he or she should activate this ED as it applies, promptly and positively.
    Where an org has less than five staff do the following, no matter whether it is forming or performing poorly or failing.
    If the org has less than 3 persons in it bring it up to 3 persons or it isn’t an org.
    Appoint this much org board
    The senior auditor of the three is the Org Exec Sec.
    The one who can type or manage is the HCOES. The one with the best public reach is the Public Exec Sec.
    These three beings give you the first glance at the 2 to 1 Admin-Tech ratio. An org may have 2 or less Admin personnel to every Tech personnel (auditor or instructor). There must never be more than 2 Admin to 1 Tech.
    No matter how many functions you see on a 9 division Org Bd each one of the above is responsible for all the major functions which appear in his org portion.
    This org board goes down to as few as 3 staff members as above or as high as thousands.”

    He says “as high as thousands”… ok we have dozens right now (maybe not hundreds, but dozens for sure) and certainly not just 3 staff.

    So, one need to have those 3 ESes and then under them to start posting staff with the ratio of 2 Admin to 1 Tech and when it gets to 50 staff the ratio becomes 1 to 1.

    I do see that LRH is again consistent and emphasises the basic form of the org which is based on the 9 Div org board.

    If we cannot visualise much less note down in sequence all of the departmental and section functions, that’s another story. But we could work on that.

    I am not saying that this is going to clear the planet but it will certainly clear up some situations with some people. In other words let’s work together and in an organised way. And the organised way I know is to take a stand and a post and say “ok, I am doing this part time and I am helping as the….. (post title).

    Some people will freak out but we don’t need those. We need those who can take a post and not freak out. And then get to those who want to do some more scientology. The org board will speed things up and put order. It can be a light organisation until we get the grip of it. We know better than Miscavige’s austerity. We can get people excited: “Hey, you know we have a Chaplain who is superb. He/she can call you or Skype you and have a talk with you. Would you like to do that?”

    • Theo I understand your point of view but the cycle is getting in ethics i.e. “Delivering what’s promised” see the HCOPL Vital Data on Promotion then getting Tech in which I think we are doing then putting in admin.

      I agree it would be nice to get an Organizational structure but here in America at least we are dealing with the Tax Exempt, Government (some suspect “seized”) Approved “Scientology Religion” which is why we are ….being …er…somewhat …flexible.

      • Ι know, I know… been to America some 25 years ago… and I bet it’s much worse now. One more reason for me to think of how to get people from their homes to do some partisan job wearing some hat.Anyway, I think some will think that I overbeating the drum for something passe…. which it isn’t, like most of LRH’s tech.

        • Theo,

          True the 3rd Dynamic isn’t a big thing here in America. Probably one reason is that the Government looks suspiciously on any group as a threat to their own power.

          I mean they wouldn’t want a repeat of the American Revolution.

          Another one is probably the myth of the rugged individualist that is constantly promoted by the media and movies here.

          There are probably other reasons why group activity is discouraged here as a “threat to National Security” or some other reason.

          Fact is you start a group here and sooner or later it’ll come under the scrutiny of the FBI or some other “law enforcement ” agency unless it’s say a knitting circle or something like that 😉

          That said.

          I suggest listening to a lecture from the Anatomy of the Spirit of Man congress entitled What Scientology is Doing:

          “We could, at this time, put together an organization or a group in Scientology sufficiently strong, sufficiently powerful to run over everything it came to. This would be a fascinating thing to do. Be a game in itself. And then someday, me gone, other guys gone, all of a sudden there sits this thing, this organization. And somebody has to rise up and say, ‘Auditors of the world, unite. Overthrow this monster!’ And everybody would see it go down very plainly. See, down it’d go. Then they’d say, “Fine. Now we are free.” And they would get another handful of letters canceling their certificates.

          I tried to look far enough in the future to forecast and predict what might be, so as not to do too many things wrong. You must allow me some percentage. And as I look into the future I see that we are handling here material of a potential control and command over mankind which must not be permitted at any time to become the monopoly or the tools of the few to the danger and disaster of the many. And maybe in this I am simply being overly proud, conceited or optimistic. But I would never for a moment step back from a role of being conceited just to be approved of. Or just to be wrong in a prediction.

          And I believe that prediction is right. And I believe that the freedom of the materials which we know and understand is guaranteed only by a lightness of organization, a maximum of people, good training and good, reliable, sound relay of information. And if we can do these things we will win. But if we can’t do these things, sooner or later the information which we hold will become the property of an untrustworthy few. This I am sure, because it has always happened this way. But that’s no reason it has to keep on happening this way. I am not of an inevitable frame of mind.

          I have no illusions about either the unimportance of Scientology or its importance. You see, it’d be very, very easy to get a swollen idea either way. It’d be a very simple thing, you know, to take a look at it and then take an opinion of it, independent of its actuality.

          Scientology, well understood, is a very powerful thing. Well used it can do a great deal for the social order and for the individual. Poorly relayed, poorly communicated, monopolized or used exclusively for gain, it could be a very destructive thing.”


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