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Circa Feb. 1982, my first night in Stevens Creek Mission, everyone standing and clapping at a picture of LRH on the wall. It was probably the first clue I had that something is not right in Scientology. I had read The Gulag Archipelago a few years previously and [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Solzhenitsyn describes the Central Committee standing and clapping at a portrait of Stalin for forty-five minutes, no one wanting to be the first to stop and be seen as an "enemy". Could end a career and get shipped to the Gulag for that. So I was intrigued by this same silliness in Scientology and wanted to see how long it lasted. When I was in the SO at INCOMM I never saw it go on more than maybe three minutes or so, although it felt like forever sometimes. Anyway, The Gulag Archipelago is a first person account of just how insane humans can go with group think and one of the most depressing books ever written so I knew right from the start from what I saw that Scientology had the same potential for idiocy. How did this clap at the LRH picture get started? Any old-timers know the story?
I'm not going to watch the video with the midget, It would be 2:33 of my life I'd never get back.
Trust me you don't want to know...
I believe Mr Hubbard got the idea from hanging out at Jack Parson's Agape(*note) Lodge in Pasadena..
On the wall of every room was a big picture of aleister crowley.....
And the real "tech" involved is from:
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SUGGESTION by Boris Sidis 1898 New York, D Appleton and co.
Gustave Le Bon, founder of social psychology Father of collective behavior theory, (author of) THE CROWD gives the basic principles of manipulating crowds into servile flocks, a "group mind" concept. "I have heard that Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, [Mussolini] and deGaulle were at one time or another, all close students of Le Bon's work.
(Gustave Le Bon's)THE CROWD has probably had as much practical influence on modern political behavior as any single document, including (machiavelli) THE PRINCE"
Note: The "Agape" name was used by a 3rd century AD Christian Sex cult...,