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Science of Survival reviewed (Part 2)


Patron with Honors
Continuing from part one of a review of "Science of Survival" the
second Dianetics book from L. Ron Hubbard.


While the arguments made within "Science of Survival" are presented in
a somewhat random and scattershot fashion, its occasionally crazed
rhetoric does help justify a greater scrutiny of this book's contents.

The bizarre public behavior seen from management of the Church of
Scientology over the past 60 years, and the prospect of finding potential
clues within S.O.S. that might help explain it, provides another reason
for a review.

Looking closer and comparing passages with accounts of controversial
behaviors, past and present, by members and agents of the Church of
Scientology, reveals how obscure writings within S.O.S. appeared to have
been used for development of later church policies. The Church of
Scientology is run with an authoritarian top-down structure, where
"command intention" as relayed from upper management is an internal
priority, in accordance with numerous written policies stated as directives.

So where there are similarities between words and actions, even absent
a consistent game plan from S.O.S., at the least we can see there was
someone taking notes.

(This is not an encouragement for anyone to buy this book. If you must,
older used versions sell for about four dollars through online vendors
like Ebay or Amazon, less than overpriced versions from Scientology itself).

As stated, selective passages within S.O.S. are cited as justification
for advocacy of murder and outright genocide for a greater cultural good.

These concepts resemble a social-philosphy espoused in the early 20th
century from eugenists like Margaret Sanger, Paul Popenoe, and most
notably, Germany's Nazi Party. Although millions of persons have not
yet been killed in a bid to secure LRH's ideal of a higher-toned
society (while Scientology-linked murders and numerous other deaths
have occurred since 1951 for differing reasons) it presents a question:

How could S.O.S. as a work amount to anything more than a sum of its parts?

(1) Who are The Goals of Dianetics for?

Where the background of the Church of Scientology is a focus of observers
on the internet, many are able to recognize many of LRH's traits here.
This is consistent with observations from former Scientologists
that advancing "up the bridge" really means processing LRH's own "case."
What was LRH's 'case' in the late 1940's?

We can consider his stated goals for Dianetics:

"A world without insanity, without criminals, and without war."

Facts that have been released to the public since 1950,
including documents now linked online at http://www.meepthorp.com
show that LRH had failed to achieve those exact goals for himself!

Regarding sanity, on October 15, 1947, L. Ron Hubbard wrote to the
Veteran's Administration requesting psychiatric treatment:

"After trying and failing for two years to regain my equilibrium in
civil life, I am utterly unable to approach anything like my own
competence. My last physician informed me that it might be very
helpful if I were to be examined and perhaps treated psychiatrically
or even by a psycho-analyst. Toward the end of my service I avoided
out of pride any mental examinations, hoping that time would balance
a mind which I had every reason to suppose was seriously affected.
I cannot account for nor rise above long periods of moroseness and
suicidal inclinations, and have newly come to realize that I must first
triumph above this before I can hope to rehabilitate myself at all."

Regarding criminality, the records show that LRH was a two-time loser.

LRH was convicted in August 1948 in a court in San Gabriel for passing
a bad check*, and LRH was also convicted in late 1950 in a court in
Los Angeles for dangerously neglecting his newborn daughter.

LRH also had received contrary rulings in 1946 in a civil court in
Florida for unauthorized embezzlement from a business partnership named
"Allied Enterprises" and in 1947 a divorce judgment in Washington State
ordered him to pay child support for his family (LRH was at the time a
deserter and a "deadbeat dad").

LRH also committed an act of war on his own volition.

As captain of the US Navy submarine chaser PC-815 he ordered the shelling of
the Coronados Islands of Baja Mexico in 1943. For firing on an ally during
wartime, technically a war crime, LRH was found derelict of duty and stripped
of his command by the US Navy.

So whose world would the goal of Dianetics be? As LRH was mentally
consumed by his memories of his many recent personal failures, clearly
the counter-factual and imaginary 'world' sought by the goals of Dianetics
would be based on his own!

(2) Was fatigue a factor?

There's no real reward for working through and finishing S.O.S., as it is
an immersion into a disorganized mind that produced thoughts that were, at the
least, twisted. Seeing S.O.S. as a liturgical treatise requires an approach that
is sort of like looking through a bible searching for hidden language or number
codes. The most apparent patterns found within S.O.S. repeatedly prescribe
considerations of vengeance and control.

So a scholarly approach, including comparing notes with those from other sources,
which abundantly verify LRH's blame-shifting, lying, and resorts to violence,
really does help us to understand what an ordeal it must have been to have to
deal with LRH as a person. Rarely do we get to see so much detail from just
one person who was (and continues to be) responsible for so much misery in others.

S.O.S. is not thorough, and we can observe that much of S.O.S. resembles
a common reaction to stimulants, such as the benzedrine it promotes.
It is more about interpersonal tactics either imagined within LRH's drug-altered
consciousness or inflicted upon others, than a strategic and workable plan.

Characteristically, it extends to uncommonly poor judgement, such as where it
provides those seeking mental treatment descriptions of techniques of torture.

Consider an opening passage which asks Dianetics supporters to accept that
"Cases do exist where reversed (Dianetics) techniques have been criminally used
on persons. Pain-drug-hypnosis can deliver anyone into a straightjacket with
greater neatness and dispatch than anything hitherto known."

This is from the Introduction of book I, as originally written in January 1951.
Just 3 months later, LRH's 2nd wife (Sara Northrup Hubbard) formally accused
LRH of conducting "scientific torture experiments" against her, in her divorce
filing of April 1951, and LRH's 1st wife (Margaret "Polly" Grubb) also wrote of
physical abuses at the time.

Even if Sara knew of the contents of LRH's forthcoming work, LRH's own carelessness
in planning to publish these statements as some sort of public confession, would
have allowed her to exploit them financially by introducing them into a court record
as evidence.

Was this the reason that S.O.S. was held from publication, from its original
announced date of late Autumn 1950 until its release on July 1951 (after the
finalization of that divorce on 'emergency' grounds on June 13, 1951)?

At the least, it is evidence the LRH's muse that was something less than humanistic
in nature. Perhaps this was more of an equivalent to a "fair warning," a sort of
moral justification which is intended to justify an intention for immoral acts,
which is more commonly understood within the practices of the occult Ordo Templar
Orientis "OTO" group (which LRH participated with in 1945-1946).

*Only limited details are known of this crime. LRH apparently burned a resident
of the "Trailer Haven" mobile home park for $500 with a bad check, and the case
was investigated as a forgery matter. Other records indicate victim's relationship
with LRH may have been based on his playing bit parts in theater works.
LRH had previously enrolled in the Geller Theater Workshop in October 1947,
in a bid to receive increases in his disability payments from the US Navy.

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