HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO POLICY LETTER OF 15 AUGUST 19671
SPs AND ADMIN
HOW STATISTICS CRASH
One of the ways an SP works to stop an activity or to halt an Affluence is to pick out key personnel and spread wild, false and alarming stories about them.
Another way, often used in conjunction with the above, is to pound a key executive with alarming entheta about staff, divisions or activities. This urges the key executive to take uncalled-for action which upsets things and which may lead to the dismissal of valuable staff.
Also, it is a symptom of an org under external pressure to come down on its own personnel rather than on the public or on real SPs.
SPs tend to vanish in memory since they speak in generalities. “Always” “every one” salt their language so that when you say, “Who told you?” in tracing a rumor, it is hard to remember since “everyone” seems to have said it. Actually, the SP who did say it used “everyone” in his comm so often as to become in memory “everyone.”
A GOOD MANAGER IGNORES RUMOR AND ONLY ACTS ON STATISTICS.
Had I heeded over the years any rumormonger, we would have no orgs. I generally don’t listen, and if I do, only go so far as inspecting stats.
It is easy to discipline staff and hard to discipline the public. A LAZY executive only disciplines staff. It takes more confront to tackle the public.
When an executive listens to rumor and bad things about his fellow staff members without looking at the actual production statistics, that executive can harm the org badly.
I have never tried to make staff members “be good.” I have only tried to make them produce and wear their hats.
Our whole statistic system exists to end excessive discipline of valuable staff members.
To me a staff member whose stats are up can do no wrong.
I am not interested in wog morality. I am only interested in getting the show on the road and keeping it there.
Also, I detest having to discipline anyone for anything, particularly a Scientologist. And the only discipline I use is to hold the fort until people are Clear enough to see the light. They always do. All misconduct comes from aberration.
However, if anyone is getting industrious trying to enturbulate or stop Scientology or its activities, I can make Captain Bligh look like a Sunday school teacher. There is probably no limit on what I would do to safeguard man’s only road to freedom against persons who, disdaining processing, seek to stop Scientology or hurt Scientologists.
I well know man’s fixation on trying to make “everybody good.” Which means, really, inactive. The best men I have had in wars routinely have been continually arrested and generally frowned on by “shore patrols,” “military police,” etc. To the body politic a quiet person is the ideal. When the guns begin to go, these quiet ones are all hiding and only the active ones are there to fight. I often wonder what would happen to a state if it did achieve its apparent goal of making one and all inactive little sheep.
So I don’t care what men or women do if they just wear their hats and keep their stats up. Only when Scientology is being slowed or stopped do you find me rigging up the tools of discipline.
In actual fact, I rather hold the person who is inactive because he is afraid of punishment in contempt. I respect only those who are strong enough to be decent without the “self-protection” of evil.
I use discipline to hold the edges of a channel, not to stop the flow.
SPs LOVE to coax those with power to slay. As the basic ambition of any SP is “EVERYBODY DEAD SO I CAN BE SAFE,” he or she will use all manner of lies and mechanisms to excite a thirst for discipline in those in power.
If I ever heed any “Kill everybody” advice, it is to put the adviser up against a brick wall.
All evil stems from aberration. And it can be pretty evil. And awfully aberrated.
The only road out from evil is processing. Therefore, one must protect the road to freedom as the answer to evil and must protect as well all those who are working to keep the road in.
The world will never become good because of discipline or oppression of evil. All discipline presupposes that the person being disciplined wants to survive.
The truly evil only want to succumb so discipline threat is no answer. The truly evil LOVE pain and suffering and deprivation. So it coerces nothing and improves nothing when you seek to solve all evil with discipline. Only the already decent can be disciplined. It only obliges the evil ones. So all you can do really is to get the evil ones parked off the lines.
The executive in disciplining is concerned with those who would stop or hinder the flow and those who are just plain idle or stupid. So he severely leaves alone all upstats and only acts to move the suppressives off the lines and not let the idle and stupid slow the flow. An executive could never make the world reform by discipline alone. He can by processing. So his only use of discipline is to continue to make processing possible. It’s as simple as that.
L. Ron Hubbard
- Document studied on the How to Confront and Shatter Suppression PTS/SP Course. (2001 ed.) ↩