Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1958, 14 July
Document title: Opening Lecture Question & Answer Period
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Twentieth American Advanced Clinical Course
Location: Washington, DC.
Document ID: 20ACC-02
Description: Hubbard answers a question about violence; discusses corporal punishment and how children learn violence by association; discusses the anatomy of confusion; explains how one can be part of a confusion and chaos; says survive and destroy are a subversion of create.
Male voice: Ron, as the preclear’s acceptance of violence comes up to a high degree, what would violence be, then, as a definition?
An unappreciated series of particles.
Violence has been the servant of a preclear, you see? And he has caused violence and then has withheld causing violence. One of the favorite methods of mothers the world over is to teach children they should not be mean to animals or their brothers and sisters because it hurts them too. Did you know that? The little child slaps his baby brother, so Mama slaps the little child to show that it hurt the baby brother. You got that? Well, she’s showing an association which will inhibit the child’s use of violence. Well, I suppose there’s nothing else they could do because the child already has a very deranged idea of the uses of violence.
There’s another interesting mechanism on this violence thing that might interest you offhand: is a person gets into violence and confusions by associating himself with one particle and watching all the other particles. So therefore apparently the particle with which he’s associated isn’t moving and all of the other particles are moving.
Now, he’s just part of a confusion and a chaos, you see? But he thinks this one particle is not moving because he’s viewing all other particles from it.
Male voice: Yeah.
All right now, if there’s plus or minus randomity in the remainder of the particles, he’s liable to object to it. When the courts, for instance, counter violence with “wait,” you wonder why wait is such an integral part of an aberrated justice. They always put everybody on wait. The wait actually is as trying as the violence and can become actually quite as painful. So it’s plus or minus randomity or objected-to association.
The association’s too slow: everybody in this neighborhood is square, see, they’re all a bunch of squares; don’t want to have anything to do with them; they’re all a bunch of slowpokes, you know? So the kid leaves for the big town. You get the idea? That’s his computation.
Now, he’s actually refusing to confront a slowness of particle, isn’t he? Well, his reverse computation on it would be: he moves into a neighborhood of – oh, a bunch of criminals and guys that are very fast, savage, high-impact people. See? And he leaves that area because these people have too much speed to them; there’s too much motion there. So, in either case you have an aberrated condition where the individual will not confront. But his idea of plus or minus randomity is what causes him to confront.
Now, the individual associates himself with one particle and it’s moving just as fast as all the other particles – or just as slow – but he views the others from it. And we get the basic idea of confusion, violence or lack of it.
Now, an individual could associate himself with one particle in a mass of motionless particles and see no motion on the part of other particles, and he gets the sensation of boredom and other such things. You get the idea? He thinks there must be a certain amount of change, see, or absence of it. It’s just his opinion.
Now, it’s the help on the part of the particle with which he associates himself that causes him to associate himself with that body of violence. You see? So help unlocks him from these single-particle connections.
It’s an interesting picture. If you look this over, there’s a lot to know about that one fact there. If you’re driving down the highway, you’re in your car and your car is relatively motionless and all these other cars are going fast. They’re passing you, they’re coming the other way, they’re all in motion, but your immediate confine is not in motion. That is a gross look at it. You have hold of a body which in itself is a center point of view, and other bodies and things are in motion in relationship to that body.
Now, let’s look at this: you think you need a body to do things. To knit, you think, well, you’ve got to have a pair of hands and a body. You’ve got to have a lap to put the yarn on and all that sort of thing. I don’t know why; used to be able to knit without anything. Well, as a matter of fact, why should you need needles and yarn to knit? See, why don’t you just mock up the knitted object? You get the idea? Here’s doingness entering into this thing.
So, old Dianetic expression: You learn how to knit, see, and you’re knitting away and you’re being very happy about knitting and you can handle knitting needles – you a thetan, no body, see? And you could take some yarn and a couple of needles and you can make the needles sing around in the air and they knit like mad and it amazes your friends and it’s very interesting. This is in no wise aberrative. And then you go along the line and get associated with a body and during an embryonic period and so forth, you get a knitting needle through the chops. Think that over, see? That’s very non-computive. See, you have to have a knitting needle because you depend on that, but a knitting needle kills you. So it’s a non-computive situation; doesn’t work out. That’s true of all aberration; it won’t compute.
But what is non-computation? If you just said, “All aberration is non-computation,” and washed your hands of the whole affair, you’d never cure anybody or clear anybody of anything. See, you’d have to do a lot more than that. What it is, is help, assistance in creating. That’s the thing that makes the whole thing non-computational. It assisted you to create or to survive or destroy, but mostly create because that was the beginning of everything and that’s all survive and destroy is, is subversion of create.
Hubbard, L. R. (1958, 14 July). Opening Lecture Question & Answer Period. Twentieth American Advanced Clinical Course, (20ACC-02). Lecture conducted from Washington, DC.