Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1956, 2 September
Document title: The Effectiveness of Brainwashing
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Games Congress Lectures
Location: Washington, DC.
Document ID: 5609C02
Description: Hubbard tells a story about turning rabbits into wolves and superwolves; says he doesn't know why people don't want to change from good to bad, but that they want to change for the better.
You know, they tell a story about the wolves and the rabbits. Somebody comes along and he gets a bunch of rabbits and he makes them into wolves, see. And then these rabbits over here have got to become wolves, too. As soon as they become wolves then these do and then somebody comes back here and makes a superwolf. And then these wolves in order to get along have to be superwolves. Isn’t that a horrible thing to happen? Well, it would be horrible if you were making wolves but we’re not in that business!
The only time I’ve seen preclears fight and start to become wolves and start to be very upset about the whole thing—you could practically see lycanthropy1 coming like sparks up above their ears—they are just about to bare their teeth and really get going—was when you were collecting your auditing fee. This has—this has a certain restimulative action on some preclears. But naturally, now it is very easy for an auditor to do that. He just reaches into the fellow’s pocket and . . . No, it’s not as bad as that.
Do you know actually, it’s—there’s something funny that I had to tell people over in England, but I had to tell them this because it’s a fantastic—an utterly fantastic situation. You think it’s possible to make people worse, don’t you? You think it’s possible to make people worse by auditing. We learned something in 1950 and I see some faces in this room that will confirm this. As terrible as the auditing was, it was better than no auditing!
I sat down one day to find out what this was all about. And you know what I discovered? Man is basically good. I hate to tell you this, since good and bad are apparently merely adjectives and considerations as we have often said. Well then why is it that a man will go toward good but not toward bad? I don’t know. I don’t know that.
In order to change a person, you have to make him better. And that is the total success of Dianetics and Scientology, owing to the fact that they went on a reverse vector to every other psychotherapy and activity in the mind that was ever advanced or invented. That’s an interesting point. We went straight reverse.
Now, don’t tell me—don’t try to tell me that we should be charitable. Don’t, please, tell me I should be charitable. I’m so damned tired of being charitable! Charity begins at home.