I would like to mention two points that seem to have gotten lost in the C of S. Understanding them made it easier for me to help people who had undergone “Ethics treatment”.
Definitions first: A formula is “exact method or form of words prescribed as a guide for thought, action, expression or statement” (Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of the English Language). Although exact, a formula is of general character. It is applied to something specific – a specific situation, circumstance or state of affaires.
“CONSISTENCY – The whole of it should concern itself with the same general scene, the same subject matter. This is known as CONSISTENCY. One does not have a Situation about books, data about bicycles, stats of another person, a WHY about another area, a different subject for ideal scene and handling for another activity.” — L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 17 FEBRUARY 1972, PROPER FORMAT AND CORRECT ACTION
Once you have specified what you are applying a formula to, you stick to that when you proceed through the steps of that formula.
The lecture “A talk to Department Thirteen” from 16. September 1970 contains an example dealing with the condition of Treason. (If you manage to listen to a copy, please note that there are several edited versions, one version omitted so much of the story that I had difficulties to find out what LRH was talking about at all.)
What had happened? The Treasury Sec of the ship had smuggled cigarettes through the customs and that had come to LRH’s attention. He was not amused.
“… after they recruited, why, they say, “All right, you’re the Treasury Secretary, now go to work.” And the fellow says, “Well…money.. I don’t know what to do…I put it in my pocket….I take it to the bank…..” “You get your GDSes up”, uh, the CO says. “Get your GDS up, up, …. There we are. Get your GDS up”, and so on. The guy says, “Up ub bub ub uhhhh. There’s a machine here. Maybe I write something on this machine, maybe. Maybe I doodle on it uh.. uh…uh…”, right?
“All right, now I can tell you exactly why the world turns criminal, and that is the major breakthrough and that’s what’s going to carry us forward. The world turns criminal because the guy hasn’t got any purpose. So it isn’t that he goofs on post. This Treasury Sec was appointed, was not grooved in, he has no purpose for his post, he moves over into treason in that he doesn’t know what he is. He doesn’t know that he is the Treasury Sec because he doesn’t know what it is. And he will shortly get into a frame of mind of sticking the dough in his pocket. Or he’ll go out and steal automobiles or he’ll do something like that.” — L. Ron Hubbard, Lecture of 16 Sept 1970, Talk to Dept. 13
Please note that the formula for the Treason Condition, “Find out that you are”, is applied to something specific, “Treasury Sec” If one omitted that area of application, this person could write about being a spiritual being or anything. The cycle could turn into a wrong Ethics Condition, by being applied to something else. And for that other subject it might or might not be the correct condition at all.
By not defining what exact area or activity a formula is applied to the door to plain idiocy is opened. Each step of the an applied formula has to be consistent with the subject the condition is done on.
When he got grooved in and trained on his post and knows what a Treasury Sec is, then can he find out (and now understand) that he is the Treasury Sec. Now he can be against being himself the Treasury Sec (Enemy) and solve that, and then he can look at the pro’s and contras of him filling this post (Doubt) etc. Each of the steps would be consistent with the same subject.
Here are some actual examples from “ethics”-handlings inside the C of S:
A staff member had been assigned a Treason Condition for being repetitive late for post – this staff member “did the formula” and found out that “he is a spiritual being”. Surprisingly, he continued to be late for post. This cycle repeated a few times and finally the “Ethics Officer” said that “Ethics doesn’t work on this guy” and kicked him off staff. Crazy! Looking into it I found that this guy was listening to and playing music half the night. He used the night for following that purpose since he didn’t want to give it up and during the day he didn’t have the time to do his music . And after accumulating lack of sleep for some days, he would then “sleep in” and be late for post. Please note that in his formula he had applied this formula for a different dynamic without the “Ethics”-Officer or he himself noticing it.
Another example: A student missed out on his course schedule and was assigned “Liability”. When he reached the step “Make up the damage one has done by personal contribution far beyond the ordinary demands of a group member.” he “donated” money for the org for a special project. Now let me ask you, what was the damage he had done? First, I wouldn’t be able to tell from that, if any damage had been done at all. He might have had valid reasons to miss out from course and a much greater damage could have possibly occurred if he had come to course! After this has been cleared up and it had been established that he had created a damage, the question would come up: “What was the damage?” How could one tell if he made up the damage, if one has not found out what damage was done?
In that case of this student I would say, that he has lost some time in his progress. Now it becomes obvious how he can make it up. By speeding up, by putting in some additional time, not by donating money for a special project. That “handling” was not consistent with the damage.
Another example: A person swindled taxes by making false entries in his books. He was assigned Liability and in order to “make up the damage” he donated this amount to the IAS! If he had stolen the money from the IAS, I would agree that he returns this money. That would be making up the damage! Needless to mention that he still lived in “suspense” regarding the Tax Office.
Another Example: A person assigned himself “Liability on his First Dynamic” for not keeping his integrity concerning a certain matter. And then he went around and asked the group for “okay to re-enter”!?! He had changed the Dynamic even within the formula. Being a matter of his First Dynamic, it was him to decide to be in peace with himself, not some other person.
Just knowing these two points:
1) specifying what one is doing a Condition about, and
2) sticking to that subject when doing its formula, had made some of my friends change from “allergic to Ethics-treatment” to using ethics formulas as helpful tools in their daily live.
“One has to do the steps of a condition formula in order to improve one’s condition.
“And those doingnesses, which will bring about a changed condition, will then be reflected in one’s statistics.” LRH, HCO PL 2 Nov 1982 Conditions Handlings
Update by MS Admin:
Thank you to LL who has also just provided the below LRH article:
“A New Hope For Justice
“Scientology Ethics Tech works when it is applied, but applying it means that the conditions have to be correctly assigned and the formulas have to be honestly applied.
“False reports and false data are the order of the day in this society and justice has too often been used for political gain or getting rid of rivals or forwarding the purposes of some clique. The thought of using justice to straighten up the individual or to safeguard the society doesn’t seem to have occurred to anybody.
“Societies today seem to be rigged so that any downstat creep can torpedo any upstat person and is even assisted in doing so by the powers that be.
“This alone could cause a decline of a civilization, as the reward for being upstat is made inadequate by the penalties capriciously machine-gunned about by downstat criminals, bums and degraded beings favored by their protectors and sponsors– “the justice system” and modern governments.
“As they themselves are contaminated by their criminal associates, the police and court systems are, in the main, composed of downstats who couldn’t make it in life any other way.
“Societies traditionally cave in through their police and justice systems, since these provide a channel of contamination between the vicious and lawless, and decent people. Eventually such police and justice systems, aided by advice from criminal practitioners such as psychologists and psychiatrists, sink into a belief that all men are criminals. This at once justifies their own vicious practices and excuses their merciless injustices against all men.
“The few decent officers and judges in these systems find themselves unable to cope with the scene, surrounded as they are by vicious colleagues and connected as they are in their daily work to the minority dregs of the society. They soon sink into a hopeless apathy and their sensible weight is seldom felt by others in the morass in which they wallow.
“Police and courts offer an open-armed opportunity to the vicious and corrupt to establish themselves in a position of safety while satisfying their strange appetites of perverted viciousness toward their fellow man.
“There is little thought of administering justice so that individuals can improve. There is every thought to punish and create misery.
“Justice systems thereby become a sort of cancer which erode every splendid ambition and achievement of the decent citizen.
“Man has never before invented a remedy for this corrosion in the name of “justice.” Even the Spanish Inquisition was headed, at Isabella’s demand, by her own tutor so as to keep it from becoming a blot on her reign. And who was the tutor? It was the man Torquemada, who sank to a point where he began to bind his books with human skin and whose name has come down through the ages as a synonym for cruel and senseless sadism. It was the Inquisition which did more to destroy the repute and power of the Catholic Church than any other single operation.
“Justice” apparently cannot be trusted in the hands of Man.
“The FBI charter mews about safeguarding the populace, but hides and is utterly disregarded by an organization whose principles are carefully planned wholly on terrorism and conducts itself more lawlessly than any criminal it ever listed as Public Enemy # 1. Who is Public Enemy # 1 today? The FBI! Its obvious target is every opinion leader and public-spirited group in America!
“To the FBI, their own charter is not only a subject for mirth, but the Constitution itself (which they are sworn in to uphold) is just “garbage” which impedes their headlong terror zeal. In the name of “justice” (and even calling themselves the Justice Department), their terror tools, preferring lies to fact, they have created a police state in which no man, woman or child or even a politician is safe, neither from downstats nor the FBI. To the FBI, all men are guilty and can’t be proven innocent and, behind her bandaged eyes, Justice herself weeps. In the name of “Justice”, they have condemned this society to death.
“Tolerance, mercy, understanding and the actual handling of the individual by decent and effective Ethics Technology is a new hope for justice.
“You cannot bestialize every man and expect any benefit to accrue to the society at large, even though this is what the contemporary justice systems are trying to do (which is of course its own brand of insanity).
“We must safeguard against unjust practices and make haste to remedy all injustices. We must be accordingly committed or we will never make it.
“Meanwhile, we must cope with the social morass in which we find ourselves and rise above it. For, factually, these generations have no hope, either as individuals or society, unless we do make it. ”