Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 11 December
Document title: The DEI Scale
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Philadelphia Doctorate Course
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Document ID: PDC-35
Description: In this purposefully "rambling" lecture, Hubbard uses Christianity to illustrate his scale and "dwindling spiral" of Desire-Enforce-Inhibit. Describes the seven hells, the magic number of seven; introduces Aleister Crowley's religious ideas and "level of worship," characterizes the current state of religion relative to his DEI scale.
Now to some degree (this is the second afternoon lecture uh.. December the 11th) – to some degree you may find some of the data I give you – uh.. unless you take a look at the way it’s being oriented – somewhat rambling. Well, maybe it is rambling. Uh.. but uh.. actually, I’m demonstrating something to you – we keep picking up things and then orienting them back to a point. In other words, we’re demonstrating data, a central data and its evaluation against many other data. And we just keep picking that up and bringing it back in.
And we start talking about running regular things. Well, we show how that swings back in again.
Uh.. having to have and not having to have is, of course, a form of agreement. And we keep swinging back into agreement which we undo with mock-ups – simple isn’t it? Having to have, and trying to avoid having to have – it’s a very funny thing that this works out so.. so easily. This speaks of, first, a cultivated desire: The person had to have a desire in some direction or another in order to go down tone scale. The thetan was picked up way up tone scale and Desire, and uh.. so forth, is way up tone scale. So we come down tone scale a little bit on Desire.
Then when his desire paled, somebody of course, had to enforce it to keep it going. That brought him down tone scale a little further. And when he’d enforced it to a point where it was IMPOSSIBLE to do without it, then you inhibit it so the guy can’t have it.
And that’s any item or thought or belief.
Let’s take a thought on this line – let’s take Chrstianity – that’s a handy example. Lot of people know something about Christianity. There are a few still left in the society who do. And uh.. the uh.. we get Desire at the top. Yes, sir, sure enough, you tell somebody, “Life immortal – this is the route to life immortal. Here we go.” And of course, everybody knew that there was a route to life immortal. They knew that instinctively and many other religions before Christianity had gotten into beautiful condition by selling Immortality. I almost called it, “Pie in the sky” but I – that’s a Communist term and I don’t want to be partisan.
Uh.. the war of ideas and ideologies is a fascinating war. All right? Here we have, then, immortality and they rig it out aesthetically – give it good value that’s all. Here it is a nice aesthetic. You desire to have immortality.
Now, then the next step is – you go through this ritual, you get immortality. That’s good. The next step is, down the line from that, that it’s very, very good – little stronger salesmanship – and uh.. by the time the guy has bought this, he then buys the next step down the scale which is, “And if you don’t buy pie in the sky” – pardon me – “immortality uh.. if you don’t buy this, we’re going to send you to hell. And hell’s a terrible place.” And you know hell was really – really interesting at first. It was just “Hell.”
By the way, do you know what the first Hell was? Everybody hoped, but thoroughly, all through the civilized world, that Rome, the corrupt prostitute of all nations, would roast in its tracks. And they hoped because of the volcanic action of Italy, that one day the ground would suddenly go “Burp!” and a roaring sea of lava would eat up Palatine Hill and the rest of Rome. This was the slave master of the world, and they wanted Rome to turn into a sea of lava. And at first when they talked about Hell, they weren’t talking about any personal Hell, they were talking about fire would occur. And they were trying to sell everybody on the basis of the disappearance of Rome. This was really – a bunch of press agents probably got – I’ve got a friend that says, “You know,” he said, “I finally figured out how all this happened. There was a bunch of the boys got together in Rome and uh.. they worked this all out – something like a bunch of hot advertising men or something – press boys – and they worked this all out and they sold it in an effort to undo and bring down in a crash the Roman Empire.” And it sure went in that direction. Of course, he’s just joking. (It’s all true, in actual fact.)
And uh.. when uh.. when uh.. they got uh.. Rome all burned up and in flames, they thought, then they’d all be in fine shape. Well, that was the level of salesmanship at that time. It had dropped down from a good, aesthetic, beautiful desire, down to a desire that had to do with pain directed toward a certain object (Rome) mixed up.
Now, people still weren’t buying pie in the sky the way they ought to buy pie in the sky, so the next step down was, “You know we’ve been a little bit…” Uh.. by the way, they.. in Nero’s time a bunch of criminals set fire to Rome and uh.. this ambition was almost realized. And then they all blamed it on Nero. And uh.. said – attributed it to the sympathetic vibrations of his violin strings or something. And uh.. we got uh.. pie in the sky as a glut commodity. You know there hadn’t been – they first expected, you know, just heaven to suddenly open up in this lifetime and there they’d be – there they’d be, right there. Oh, no. That wasn’t what happened, so they finally were saying it was after death that this took place. Oh, bunch lot less people started buying it.
So they said, “We’ve gotta make this commodity salable,” so they turned it into currency and enforced it with bayonets.. – but spiritual bayonets. They said, “The hell of which we spoke is an actual hell, and you have your choice between going to that hell or going to heaven after death. And it all depends on whether or not you were a good boy before you died. And we can reach you after you’re dead – which is a temporal justice of kinds that uh.. we enjoy.” All right, next step then – people didn’t buy that worth a damn. A lot of people rushed in and uh.. they had to make it a little bit better. And do you know, before they got through, they had seven hells?
Once in a while you’ll pick up this magic number “7” on the track. It’s a prime number and therefore interesting to mathematicians. And there were seven this and seven that and seven stars and seven something or other. And there are seven hells.
Now very often you will find some preclear who is doing a bad spin on religion on account of religious implants, and you’ll find these confounded seven hells sitting there. And they’ve forgotten they ever heard of Dante’s Inferno and the Seven Hells – they’ve forgotten this utterly. There was a hell of ice and a hell of fire and a hell of something or other, and I don’t know what all the hells were but it’s an interesting study in sadism.
But uh.. that was enforcement. We’ve gotten down tone scale to enforcement, you see. And then they came down tone scale, finally got to a point where nobody was believing that but it took an awful long time for that curve to fall. And that curve finally fell at its lowest ebb of enforcement on earth – I mean, the heaviest ebb was the hands of the Grand Inquisition of Spain under an infamous dope by the name of Torquemada whose life I have read in a book bound in human skin – how fitting.
Now Torquemada, Grand Inquisition – boy, they couldn’t be convinced that people weren’t convinced about these seven hells. Nobody’d ever come back and told them about ‘em. Uh.. they.. they couldn’t be interested too much in pie in the sky; they got much more