Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 25 June
Document title: Technique 88: Overt Acts, Motivators & DEDs (continued)
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Summer Session Technique 88 Lectures
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Document ID: 5206C25C
Description: Hubbard discusses his ideas about religion, Yahweh, the Creator, God; says the only way you can control people is to lie to them; says organized religion tries to control, so therefore must be lying; describes "religious implants"; talks about backsliding and backsliders.
Now, perhaps you think I am being very unsympathetic with human beings and human aberrations by speaking in this gross, even disrespectful tone of voice with regard to the poor pitiful plight of people. Well, I am. Because the moment you understand a level of something, and understand it well, see it operating under your hands; you don’t have to worry about it anymore, for it stops being serious. Why does it stop being serious? Because you can do something about it. If you can take a case, run it on the E-meter, find out whether you are auditing an overt act or a DED; you know what the pattern is. You know that if the incident is sticky there is something wrong. You aren’t auditing the earliest motivator1, or you aren’t auditing the overt act, or it is a DED. It went on being motivated for ages and ages (for you) because you get overt acts for just ages and ages, and it never happened to you, and all of a sudden you will buy off. You will find yourself in parody (a poor or humour like imitation) and you will think some day of the crimes you have done, and you will realize all of a sudden that you aren’t supposed to do those crimes.
The church, any church; you can go to any planet and you’ll find a church of some kind. It doesn’t matter the planet or the name, they are all bowing down to the great “Blank.” The great “Blank” is a DED2. The church will actually educate the people into being sinners, and tell them to repent. You can take a human being in off the street and have him run regret: “Think of all the things in your life that you have to be regretful about; aren’t you ashamed of yourself?” What are you doing to him when you have him run regret? You are getting him to turn back time. Let’s get him to be ahead of every incident that he can get ahead of, “Regret-regret” repent-repent, You’re a sinner, you’re a sinner – you shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t do that- and the reason you shouldn’t is because there is a mysterious and awesome being that we are keeping in that box. Well, that is the great god “Ya Wa” that we are keeping in that box, and there is a leopard skin in the box too.
This mysterious being pervades everything, you can’t escape him anywhere, and if he finds out that you have sinned. Oh brother! Not only will you be caught and punished in this life, but if you die you will be punished in the next life. So, if you regret, and you repent (and in this way sin enough against yourself and make yourself controllable for us) you are going to be a good boy, and you are going to get along. We are going to let you get along, PARTICULARLY IF YOU PAY US.” This is the sort of thing that you as auditors will find. And understand this – I am not telling you anything about “No Creator”, and anybody that can draw that conclusion from what I have been saying, is a genius.
What they are telling you is that the God you should worship is a control mechanism the like of which you have never known. God, by definition would be self-determinism. That’s interesting, isn’t it? I wonder what these people are all worshiping? It can’t be God.
That is an interesting fact, there must be a conflict there someplace. It must pay people to control people. If you don’t think that religion is a control basis, and doesn’t operate in just one direction; you should look at some of the implants on the track. You will find people who are the most screaming atheists. Oh brother, hate – hate – hate. You have had all of Spain explode with tens of thousands of human beings shot down and burned. You had gasoline being poured on nuns and monks, and the torch being lit to them. This within our own memory, just before World War Two. Man, you talk about violence, and here was the most peace loving, religious country, the very heart of Catholicism for centuries, Spain. And one day they got a mass restimulation, and revolted against their own implants on the line, and it sure went up in smoke. The implants that are there are capable of producing that much fury. Just as any implant is capable of suddenly turning itself around and exerting all the counter- effort as an effort; and “Overt act or no overt act, I’m going to do it.” Wham! It’s a dangerous thing to try to control something as powerful as a human being. Very dangerous, and every once in a while it explodes, and explodes with violence as it did in Spain. Tens of thousands of people dying in agony, shot all over the place, the area laid waste, not rebuilt even today, the economic system wasted, because all of a sudden (in a mass) all of their compulsive religious implants exploded and went in the opposite direction. Because religion aims at a DED, and they can go too far in a DED.
A DED goes this way: a person says, “I don’t deserve what I got, I don’t deserve this,” and he goes into apathy and then says, “All right, I deserve it,” but he will drag through the apathy. You keep it up: “Yes, you deserve it – yes you deserve it,” and you keep at it and you will have kicked him through the incident. That is stupid, because the next thing you know he is coming up the other side of the incident, and if he was capable for all those thousands of years of doing all those overt acts independantly and unmotivated – don’t think he isn’t capable of doing some more. Now that he has a motivator and a facsimile to do it with, he will really wind this thing up like a South American Bolo, and let you have it around the neck. That is what happens to religion. Religion always goes in a cycle, and it goes in this repetitive cycle.
When a religion starts to blow up it does a beautiful job, because a person repents and repents, and then says: “Oh, to hell with it.” That is why they always say there is nothing like a backslider to set an example for backsliding. It is much worse to be a backslider than to have been merely without religion. Sure it is. You get this thing restimulated, restimulated religiously, and you go along fine and you say, “It’s truth – it’s truth.” Then you go down and pray, and you ask for a new bicycle for Christmas, and by golly he doesn’t give you a new bicycle, and you say: “Somebody is lying to me.” You go out and you pray for rain and the drought gets worse. You give the church a new stained glass window, and it still doesn’t rain. Next year you put in an irrigation system.
When you speak of “The Creator” you are probably speaking of something entirely different than implanted religion. Religion is always different than truth. It has to be, BECAUSE THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them. When you find an individual is lying to you, you know that the individual is trying to control you. One way or another this individual is trying to control you. That is the mechanism of control. This individual is lying to you because he is trying to control you – because if they give you enough misinformation they will pull you down the tone scale so that they can control you.
Conversely, if you see an impulse on the part of a human being to control you, you know very well that that human being is lying to you. Not “is going to”, but “is” lying to you.
Check these facts, you will find they are always true. That person who is trying to control you is lying to you. He’s got to tell you lies in order to continue control, because the second you start telling anybody anything close to the truth, you start releasing him and he gets tougher and tougher to control. So, you can’t control somebody without telling them a bunch of lies.
You will find that very often Command has this as its greatest weakness. It will try to control instead of leading. The next thing you know, it is lying to the crew. Lie, lie, lie, and it gets worse and worse, and all of a sudden the thing blows up.
Well, religion has done this. Organized religion tries to control, so therefore it must be lying. After a while it figures out (even itself) that it is lying, and then it starts down tone scale further and further, and all of a sudden people get down along this spring-like bottom heresy) and say, “Are we going into apathy and die, or are we going to revolt?” And they revolt because you can only lie to people so long.
Unfortunately there is always a new cycle of lying. As I use the word “Religion” it has nothing to do with the word “God”.
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 25 June). Technique 88: Overt Acts, Motivators & DEDs (continued). Summer Session Technique 88 Lectures, (5206C25C). Lecture conducted from Phoenix, Arizona.