I think the important point here -if you want to realize what Laffy was really up to- is the fact that if your spending hours 'intending' orders to an ashtray, you are also being ordered...to do that drill! You are back-handedly training YOURSELF to always comply with authoritatively given commands.
This was his real magnum opus. That he set up a system where we all hypnotized OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER to obey Scientology, and by extention, the founder.
DING DING DING!!! Right on, Mackie!!!