Somehow, somewhere along the line, Corporate Scientology lost the following truths that make Scientology so workable. I point it out in the hope that none of us ever lose sight of them.
From L Ron Hubbard Lecture titled Scientology and Living, 4 July 1954:
Now, there are two other categories of human beings. And one is the category, upper scale, where things can be good or bad at will; everything on the Know to Sex in the upper scale can be good, you see? But when they’re on lower scale, everything on the Know to Sex scale – which is Mystery, there, to Sex Scale – is bad. And when you get something where everything on the Mystery or the Know to Sex Scale is bad, you have somebody who is inverted, very badly inverted.
And when they’re consistently and continually “everything is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad” — watch out. They’re well below 2.0. They’re using some kind of a mechanism of it’s bad, it’s bad, that’s why we’ve got to make something, you see? Or it’s bad, it’s bad, it’s bad, that’s we have got to make nothing. This is your 1.5. He is actually operating there 100 percent. He can only operate on emergencies.
“We are about to have this tremendous disaster, and therefore in view of the fact that we’ve got this disaster, we have to have this emergency legislation,” and so forth. “And therefore we can make something here. We can make this army so as to make nothing” — big compulsive sort of reaction, you see?
But it’s bad. All that reasoning is bad. The only reason we can do anything is because something is bad. They have lost concept of doing something because it’s fun, and there is your last keynote.
Individuals who can do things, no matter whether good, bad or indifferent or outrageous, simply because they’re fun — an individual who can freely and with a clear heart do things because they’re fun is a very sane person. And he’ll be in good shape. And the amount of laughter which a person laughs — which is, by the way, not your harmonics of laughter. Laughter, you see, has a number of harmonics down the line. Rather upscale laughter: a person, he laughs, he doesn’t laugh because he’s embarrassed, he doesn’t laugh this way and that, he laughs because he thinks something is funny. And if a person laughs fairly often, and is very easy in that laughter, you got a sane man in your hands.
And they just go downscale and laugh less and less and less or laugh more embarrassedly or compulsively or obsessively, more and more and more, as we get clear down to the bottom.
Person down at the bottom doesn’t laugh at all. He doesn’t live, either. He just lies there, a lump of energy, being mass, meaning and no mobility. He’s not even a symbol anymore.
from LRH lecture The Role of Laughter in Processing – Dangerousness, 5 July 1954:
Now, here is a coordination here. And so there is a coordination with laughter and a thetan. An individual can laugh as long as he feels he has some freedom to make nothing out of it. What do you think your preclear is doing as he sits there and chews and chews and chews on a lock or a secondary of the sort? And he doesn’t digest it even if he can swallow it. He’s unable to make nothing out of it. Well, isn’t there a simpler mechanism to make nothing out of things than to run this arduous seriousness? Yes, indeed there is, indeed so: to cure him of not laughing.
Now, supposing we just used this as an overall process, and we just cured our preclear of this condition: no laughing. We cured him of not-laughingness. We reassessed our cases that we confront on this basis: melancholia versus jovialovia. Today, jovialovia is the most horrible disease known to man. “Do you realize that fellow laughs? Hah! Give him the place of the president of the University? Oh, no! No, no! We need somebody who can drag his chin across the thresholds. That’s obvious that. That’s somebody we need!”