Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 29 June
Document title: Research and Discovery
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C29
Description: Hubbard discusses Dianetics in terms of "adjusting the environment" to the person. Relates this to an unnamed book on psychopathology. Characterizes Christianity as a sheep religion and psychology as a sheep psychology.
As you rise on the scale and get a higher and higher intelligence level and greater and greater worth to the society, you will find that the person is more and more capable of adjusting his environment. We are here today because we adjust the environment. We are living in a man-made environment. If we were to cling to this outrageously dull tenet that the thing we must do for a person is adjust him to his environment, we would have at last on our hands a complete cave-in of our culture, because it calls for no change. It calls for no advance.
A man who is adjusting his environment is immediately labeled by the psychiatrist as neurotic or insane in this day and age. I have a textbook that I pulled off the presses just ten days before the first copy of Dianetics rolled off the press which validates the fact that this was the thought and tenet of modern psychology. It was the standard text on psychopathology for the University of Illinois, and it has all their definitions. That is in our library now; I have got it very carefully put aside, because after the appearance of Dianetics there will be a lot of people saying, “Well, we knew this all the time.” But that text talks about nothing but adjusting the person to his environment. “This person was maladjusted.” God, give me men who are maladjusted! You will build a world that way and reach the stars.
Psychology fell into the same trough as Christianity did when Christianity was being used against people rather than following its own philosophic tenets. The old slave traders went to Africa and said, “Give ‘em rum and Christianity. That will fix ‘em.” And it did, too! It crushed the opposing tribes on the coast. It permitted the slave traders to pick up shiploads of black ivory, and it provided the United States with a rather terrible population problem in the South. “Rum and Christianity.” That was the way it was used. But the people who were using Christianity in this way never thought that they themselves would be caught with it. It is a sheep religion when preached that way, which it was never intended to be. And now psychology has fallen into the same slot and we have a sheep psychology: The thing to do is to make sheep.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 29 June). Research and Discovery. Professional Course, (5006C29). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.