Now in view of the fact that there are only such a tiny handful of absolute truths, there is a thetan you see, and he creates things. That’s about it. In view of the fact that there’s so few absolute truths and that everything after that fact is created, you have been involved for many, many eons, in the creation of an existence. And you had truth or “telling the truth” you see, substituted for and identified with doing the most good. You got these two things crossed. Telling the truth isn’t doing the most good. I could go out here and walk up and down the street and tell the truth for a half an hour and there’d be about twenty suicides. You realize that?
Matter of fact, we don’t have any of this Swami stuff in Scientology and Dianetics. Mostly ’cause it’s a super effort you see, to hypnotize, overwhelm and bring about worship. See, that, it’s just nonsense. It’s the creation of slavery. It is a real big overt act, see. A real big one. You know, tell everybody that you’re in communication with Yawa or Cheezewitts or some god and he’s just given you the word and, and do some perfectly obvious thing like reading the obvious symptoms on somebody’s face or reactions, or something like that, or looking at his facsimiles if you please, reading his mind and so forth to, not to tell the truth about it but to give him a big curve, see. Overwhump him so he believes the lie in some fashion. This is big twisty stuff you know, the effort not to create an effect, but the effort to make a slave. See, that’s a different thing.
So that truth is a word actually that doesn’t even belong in the perimeter. There are facts that the vast, we can’t even say the vast majority because it’s practically all facts, are simply created facts which, agreed upon, have become truths. Now this is a very queasy rule to walk into when you realize that. And when you’re busy laying out these vast facts, these absolute truths with a professor of physics, you’re pretty safe. See, you’re pretty safe. You can get away with teaching physics without totally plowing in so long as you don’t teach it as absolute and irrevocable facts that will never be altered, changed, shifted in any way, shape or form. ‘Cause here we come along and we can upset physics. Now it’s all right to teach something as absolute fact, quote unquote, if you say this absolute fact is apparently agreed to and held by most people. And those that don’t hold it aren’t here. But to that degree it’s an absolute fact. But beyond the first little handful of axioms, you see, there are no unalterable facts. All facts are alterable beyond those first few axioms.
I know it kind of stretches your imagination to think that something like, something like Boyle’s law or the laws of fulcrum and balances and so forth, could be altered. They’re apparently that, but they’re simply part of the agreements of the creation of this universe. Unless one agrees to this universe and agrees to it’s various laws and so forth, well after all these things are true but they’re true by agreement. So don’t be too surprised some day if you take fulcrums and balances and set them up and put a hundred pound weight one foot away from the knife edge and a two pound weight one foot away from the knife edge and stand back and watch them balance. ‘Cause if you haven’t subscribed or if you canceled your subscription on any of these agreements, they tend to cease to be true.
Well now, if codes of conduct are efforts to delineate what are overt acts. You’ll find most moral codes are simply a list of overt acts. And they’re an attempt to get everybody to agree that these overt acts are overt acts. You know, they keep talking about the ten commandments. The only reason I talk about Christianity rather than another religion is, you happen to know more about the tenants of Christianity than some other religion. That doesn’t mean that Christianity’s the worst or the best amongst religions, or actually the funniest. But it is true that this is the case, that they give out ten commandments and everybody says these ten commandments are the ten commandments and that’s swell and so on.
But you go back and read some of the earlier translations of the Bible which weren’t monkeyed with to put a new pitch on the line, and you’ll find out that there aren’t ten commandments. That’s one of the first facts about the ten commandments that aren’t true. There aren’t ten commandments. That’s it. They just go on and on and on and on and on, I mean, I don’t know how many there are. I got tired counting or I could tell you right now. I think I stopped at about a hundred and sixty-two. There’s such things as, “When you have killed a pig and found that it’s flesh was tainted, do not sell it to your neighbor, sell it to the wayfarer and traveler as he comes along.” [laughter] That’s in there.
Now these super absolute moral codes have liabilities basically because they’re not true. Now once in a blue moon in this lifetime and others, why some fellow has picked thou shalt not kill, you know. Some fellow has jumped up big as life and knives in his teeth and all that sort of thing and was gonna hack down the kids or the family or sink the ship or do something of the sort, you know. Well, let’s look at the dynamic balance here. See, you’ve got one fragment of the third dynamic is represented by this bird with the knife in his teeth see, and the whole ruddy lot of the rest of them are under your protection. And at this moment you’re not going to kill, huh? Hah, huh. Thou shalt not kill just falls by the wayside as an absolute code, see. It does. Boom. It’s gone. And as I say, in this lifetime or earlier ones or that sort of thing, come up against this particular situation why, as far as I was concerned, somebody bit the dust. Now I never considered it much of an overt act. It isn’t. Got the idea?
For instance we’ve just been through a war and the conduct of the Japanese in their original capture of Nanking demonstrated that they were not very pleasant people in the military form at least, to have around, no matter how pleasant they are in their houses, at home, you see. And they raped and slaughtered and burned around Nanking until there was practically nothing left of the thing. When I looked that over, it wasn’t an atrocity story. It wasn’t an atrocity story it was just a, a fact. They had a ball. And most of the Japanese troops misconducted themselves. So did white troops, so on. People get going on war and they don’t know when to stop. I remember one sergeant going around during an amphibious landing toward the end of the war with a carbine butt knocking out the gold teeth out of the mouths of the wounded. He had a nice collection of gold when he finished up. But I thought it was a little extreme.
Now overt acts tend to breed overt acts. And you enter in logic along this line someplace and you can begin to speciously, logicate out of existence all overt acts. You can explain how they are all logical. And there’s fellows down here in the local jail right this minute, but you talk to ’em, they could explain it was perfectly logical, absolutely perfectly logical how all dynamics having been violated except some fragment of a valence of the first, they’re totally correct. They see it was totally correct to violate all dynamics all their life. It was so logical. So you see that it somehow or another takes a, it takes judgement to experience in a society, free conduct. You can’t have a bunch of slaves and not have super moral codes and laws. Do you see that? In the absence of judgement you have to have all kinds of laws. And you can just put it down in your book that the more laws there are, the less judgement there is. In the development of Dianetics and Scientology, as practitioners and pc’s were found to have less and less judgement, then more and more laws were developed. Get the idea? Auditor couldn’t exercise judgement on the, on the processing of a preclear we – he couldn’t see it himself you see, and it wasn’t obvious to him, we invented a law, I invented a law to point this fact out. Got the idea?
Well, if you notice, I am very chary of adding more laws, ’cause we’re going in the more optimum direction of adding more judgement to the people. Got the idea? Entirely different look. Now it isn’t that those laws don’t help, they do. In fact we wouldn’t be where we are if we hadn’t gotten some people over the rough points on things and so on. So that’s why I say every once in a while, I say, “Never under any circumstances do this, that or the other thing with the pc.” And then, certainly within a day or so if not within the hour, you will also hear me say, “Judgement is necessary to auditing,” and one of the ways of expressing that is, “auditing, is what you can get away with,” which is an old saw but a very true one. All the laws notwithstanding, auditing is what you can get away with. And if you didn’t get away with it, it’s not auditing. It’s code breaks and everything else, you see.
LRH Lecture, THE REHABILITATION OF JUDGEMENT, 12 November 1958
* Editor’s note: in the Red Volumes this lecture is listed under this date, but LRH says in the beginning that it is the 13th of November.