Lecture: Thinking Processes
Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1953, 17 October
Document title: Thinking Processes
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: First American Advanced Indoctrination Course
Location: Camden, New Jersey
Document ID: 1ACC-20
Description: Hubbard gives a case history of a man with trouble on the subject of work and working; discusses Frieda Fromm-Reichmann and her instruction manual for psychiatrists; gives some generalized commands that a young boy and a young girl are given that make them "go down the chute"; says society is rigged.
This whole idea of “don’t have to work” is the same as “don’t push away the MEST vectors which are coming in from 360 degrees.” And “don’t have to work” means to be satisfied to let the patterns which MEST makes exist on every hand untroubled and undisturbed. In view of the fact these are sometimes interesting, but not always interesting (these patterns), this becomes idiotic – the idea of not working.
The beautiful sadness of labor. We had somebody here moving these desks up (if you had a chance to look at that boy). Poor kid! He’d do a little bit of work – he’d do a half an hour’s work and he had to be thanked for it for a half an hour or he just couldn’t live. It was finishing him. He’s just spinning in on this beautiful sadness – that was all he was running – the beautiful sadness of having to work. Now, if you talked to him about retirement, he’d really eat this up like mad. And what do you know! Actually, his entire future beingness and health and everything else simply depends upon his being able to heave more desks up more stairs. If he’d just square around and say, “Well, we’ll throw lots of desks up lots of stairs and lots of desks down lots of stairs,” what’s he doing? He’s putting out great, big heavy anchor points and doing it successfully. That’s not going to cave him in. Sitting still, however, and accepting it all – “Narr, narr. No-no, no-no!”
Now, medical doctors – and I have nothing but praise for medical doctors, they’ve stood in there so long. Imagine men actually dealing in the field of healing without knowing anything about it. Isn’t that fascinating? What courage, what courage. These poor guys – now they’ve been helped out by the biochemists. They’ve got penicillin and so forth. And some of them were very skillful in minor surgery. They do sew up a good this or that or tie a good bandage. These boys were not bad in that department. But as far as healing was concerned, their whole idea was slow motion. Slow motion down.
This guy is a businessman. He’s been up on the street. He’s been making lots of money and he’s just work, work, work, work, work, work, work, work. And he gets into the doctor’s hands and the doctor says, “Now, what you need is a long rest.” Yeoooow! Kiss him goodbye because the next thing he’ll have is ulcers. The next thing he’ll have is endocrine ills.1 How did he get to a point where he would go to a doctor in the first place? He had somebody around him saying, “My goodness, Mr. Jones, you certainly work hard.”
Now, it’s just about as logical to use that tone of voice with regard to work as “My goodness, that’s an awfully big dinner. My, you have a fine house, don’t you.” Get the idea? I mean, they’ve simply added that emotional tone to putting out effort. They’re afraid of drifting back into the effort band and so they try to remain below it in the emotional band of sympathy or something. It’s just a method of slowing everybody down. It’s like police action. This person who’s so sympathetic about how hard you have to work. Oh, shoot him, shoot him.
Now, this guy, Mr. Jones, was doing fine till he ran into such a computation. And he got this around in his environment a lot. And he finally went to the doctor and the doctor compounded it. And the doctor finally couldn’t do anything for him except give him all this advice and sympathy on how hard he was working. So he had to turn around and go to the church. The doctor finally advised him he’d better go to church. So he turned around and went to church. And after he’d been in church for a while, why, he was still pretty tired. And the parson wasn’t getting quite enough – wasn’t getting quite enough donation out of him, so he kept saying to him about, “Had he thought about his soul?” In other words they’ve just got it all arranged. It’ll go automatically on an inverted 1 to an inverted 82. It’ll go automatically if left undisturbed. But this society can catalyze it. They can speed it up. They can run a fellow from a 1 to an 8 in a couple of years. They got it on an assembly-line basis. And one is “the beautiful sadness of having to work,” and the other one is “turn to religion,” and the other one has, “have you ever thought of God?” And here we go! I mean, those are the extremes.
Now, possibly – possibly he got into psychoanalysis before he went to see the doctor, but they would’ve told him “It’s sex.” Would have told this, “Lady,” for instance, “the thing for you to do is to go out and have several clandestine affairs.” That’s their standard advice. Young girl, something like that, “the thing for you to do is have some sexual relationships.” (Preferably with the doctor, of course.) But …
Oh, you think I’m joking. But the manual that came out for the guidance of psychiatrists, written by Frieda, what the heck is her name? Oh, the great Viennese psychiatrist. She’s changed her name two or three times. She keeps getting married. She’s an old gal. She’s very handy with psychotics. Boy, she’s real hot with the psychotics. She uses the lame process of just imitating the psychotic. Anything the psychotic does, she does. She’s a very brave old gal.
But she wrote – I’m very fond of her, although she has occasionally, in Dianetics – one day, she turned around to a medical doctor who was there and she said – she said to him, “Please, please, please, doctor, tell me there’s no such thing as a prenatal!” The doctor couldn’t tell her any such thing, of course.
Well, anyway, she wrote this manual of directions for psychiatrists and the stress of it is “You really shouldn’t sleep with your patients. If you – if you have to, why, try to – if you have to have this kind of recreation – try to get it outside the office, if possible.” Fantastic, fantastic book and manual of instructions for psychiatrists. That’s their standard manual.
Anyway. So they’d catch him going all the way down. Well, of course, the kid is caught at home on the first dynamic: “You mustn’t be so conceited. You mustn’t think of yourself all the time. You must share everything you have. You mustn’t talk yourself up. You mustn’t brag,” and so on. A little bit later they’re telling the boy, “You mustn’t fight,” and the girl, “You mustn’t throw yourself around like a tomboy.” And so they – it’s arranged. There’s a chute there in the society. The society has catalyzed it. Well, that isn’t saying that a person can’t stay in relationship to the society. It’s just saying simply that this society is all rigged.
Hubbard, L. R. (1953, 17 October). Thinking Processes. Lecture. First American Advanced Indoctrination Course, (1ACC-20). Lecture conducted from Camden, New Jersey.