I've been listening to and reading the early lectures from LRH (1950-1952, ability congress, PDC, etc) and have a couple questions.
First, are these tapes still considered meaningful data to today's scientologist, and are they required? In other words, are scientologists today listening to this stuff and getting audited on its teachings?
Second, who are these people who are able to sit for hours listening to this guy spout out meaningless gibberish? Were/are people so desperate that they'll listen to the most obtuse fiction imaginable and try to apply it to their lives?
Preclears will also have the idea that they’re hanging around the backs of their necks. They’ve got old currents and old ridges will go into vibration. And they start thinking about the backs of their necks and, of course, any ridge that’s on the backs of their necks will go into vibration. And they get the idea that entities or.. or en-thetans - ah, that’s a wonderful word - en-thetans are creeping up on them and crawling up on them, and that they’re being mobbed by this and that and so on. They can be very convinced about this, by the way; and that they’re.. they’re about to be attacked, or the whole town is about to be blown up or any damn thing you could think of. And uh.. they’ll get very worried about this.
What happened to spacemen? to get back on the subject. For I’m sorry to say, you are going to have to resolve some of these spacemen cases. You will probably be perfectly conversant with this sort of thing after a while. Wild as it sounds for me to be standing here and telling you nonchalantly that about 12 million years ago- be perfectly conversant with this sort of thing after a while. Wild as it sounds for me to be standing here and telling you nonchalantly that about 12 million years ago- .... There are probably 2 or 3 people here in this room (about 80 people present) who 10 or 12 million years ago were sailing around, and there is at least 1 person in this room who has blown up a planet and killed everybody on it. That’s a fact. You needn’t laugh so hard. (addressed to that person)
Your spaceman, because of the liability of such freedom of motion, was quite ordinarily drugged into his passage. So he would come off one space-wagon, the Boasarius 16 or something of the sort. He would walk off this space-can and turn himself in and go on a wild drunk and shoot up the town, and get into trouble with the police. The inhabitants would throw him out and so he would walk back out to the space port, take a look at the gangplank and walk up the gangway. The Medical Officer on the thing says: “Step this way,” and he steps into a cabinet or lies down in a bunk. Quite ordinarily the space ships’ bunks were equipped this way - he would lie down in the bunk and a gong or something would ring and he would go out like a light. He would get an implant saying: “There is a barrier between you and your officers,” or “There is a barrier between you and the men,” for they did it to the officers too. The recruits’ implant went on to say: “There is a barrier between you and your officers, you shall not attack officers, you must obey officers, you must obey petty officers, you are loyal and faithful to the good ship Belasatius 16.” Of course this gets tangled up after a while, because there was the Belasarius 14, the Arcton 18, the Graviton 14, and the XL 394, and there is this one, and there is that one, and there are ships, ships, and ships. Every time he reported aboard for a new cruise he got an implant, and it gets boresome after a while.
(I won't bother with the Fifth Invader Force, you all know it)
Honest question: WTF? Are people actually taking notes on this stuff and taking it for fact? Didn't anyone have the guts to stand up and say, "What a load of crap! What are you people thinking?"
My theory, if you don't mind. I think LRH probably had a very vivid imagination growing up, and thought he was in store for some great accomplishments. When reality struck and he found that he wasn't measuring up to established standards (college failure, naval blunders), he invented his own standards. Right after the war, there were a lot of new technologies (nuclear physics, medicine, aeronautics) coming out, so it was the perfect time to introduce yet another technology. It is apparent to me that LRH was obsessed with trying to explain life using artifacts from his imagination. All he'd have to do is continually reinforce his imagination and come up with technical paradigms like flows, ridges, dispersals, wavelength, mass, particles, etc. Do this long enough, and you can ramble on for hours...and nobody can disprove you because you are the one who "discovered" all this stuff through "research" that is way above the abilities of the average mortal.
These tapes and transcripts are perfect evidence for showcasing the ramblings of a psychotic con-man. Anyone who is thinking of joining this "religion" should really have a listen to see for themselves what LRH was really all about. If someone can make it through a complete lecture and yearn for more, then scientology is just what they're looking for!