As mentioned in Scientology Thought Control – Part 1, there are many ways that Scientology trains people to properly control their thoughts so that they can accept concepts and controls that, under normal circumstances, would be difficult to accept.
In that article, we saw how the concept of “entheta” allows Scientologists to reject “negative” information, even when true, and accept “positive” information without inspection.
While this is a start to good thought control, it really isn’t enough.
The next part of training Scientologists to control their thoughts is embodied in L. Ron Hubbard’s famous “Keeping Scientology Working” (KSW). This policy letter from Hubbard is the very first thing that every Scientologist must read and “duplicate” when they do any Scientology training.
Now, you must understand what that “and duplicate” phrase means in Scientology-speak. While the official Scientology definition is to “make a perfect copy”, this isn’t how it is applied when you’re studying Scientology. To “duplicate” when studying Scientology means “completely agree with”.
Let me explain. In Hubbard’s Study Technology, the source material being studied is always assumed to be 100% correct and 100% workable. If the student doesn’t understand the material or (gasp!) disagrees with the material, it is the student’s fault, never the material’s — and once the student “handles their study difficulty” they will agree with the material being studied.
And the very first item on every course that a Scientologist takes is this “Keeping Scientology Working” issue.
And what does this policy letter say? In it, Hubbard modestly states that he has created an absolutely perfect and always workable technology for everything. No one helped him; everything anyone else has ever done is, from Hubbard’s analysis, horrible and destructive; only Hubbard’s solutions are good; if you apply Hubbard’s technology and it doesn’t work, it’s your fault, you did something wrong; and (in my opinion the most clever assertion), it is the very evil people who disagree with Hubbard and his technology.
And all Scientologists, as the very first order of business, must completely agree with these concepts before they can get on with any other studying.
From that point on, the Scientologist’s ability to control their thoughts in the proper Scientology manner is quite simple.
If Hubbard said it: It is true.
If evidence disagrees with what Hubbard said: The evidence is false.
If someone disagrees with Hubbard: They are evil.
If someone applies Hubbard’s technology and nothing happens, or something bad happens: It’s their fault, not Hubbard’s.
If someone doesn’t get wonderful results from Scientology: They are one of the Evil People.
And so on.
The “Keeping Scientology Working” policy letter has installed these fixed ideas. Once these “facts” have been installed in a Scientologist, all their perceptions, all their logic, all their conclusions must be warped around to fit into these “facts”. Actual, independent thought is no longer possible.
The thought control works like this:
- “Gee, this thing Ron said just doesn’t make sense!” (Thought Control: You must have a study problem, it’s all your fault. Keep studying it until you agree with it.)
- “I did exactly what Ron said, but nothing happened!” (Thought Control: It’s your fault, you did something wrong, go back and restudy the material.)
- “I got some processing, but I don’t feel any better.” (Thought Control: Be quiet! Only evil people fail to get gains from Scientology!)
- “I don’t really like this part of Scientology!” (Thought Control: Shut up! Shut up! That means you’re one of the Evil People! You do like it, you can’t be evil!)
This is the real reason that “Keeping Scientology Working” is the first thing studied and why it must be agreed to before going on. From that point on, good Scientologists never criticize L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige or Scientology, no matter what they see, no matter what happens. To do so would mean that they are EVIL! Any failure, any disagreement, any problems in Scientology are always and only their fault.
Now, Scientologists believe that the reason “KSW” is first in every course is to ensure that Hubbard’s technology remains pure and to insist that every Scientologist defend it. Well, if that were true, then why has every single bit of Hubbard’s technology been altered since his death? Nothing of Hubbard’s remains exactly as he left it. Nothing. No, nobody is using “KSW” to defend and protect Hubbard’s technology. Obviously, that isn’t its purpose.
Even after someone has left Scientology, they often retain this fixed idea that any and all failures were their fault and that they are evil. But most finally do recover their ability to see what is really there, evaluate what is really true and to know who and what is evil and why.
Hubbard never provided any proof that he was “always right”. He never provided any proof that his technology was “100% workable”. He never provided any evidence that “all who disagree with him are evil”. None. Not ever. He just said it was so and insisted that anyone who questioned him, doubted him or disagreed with him was evil and must be punished.
If the person gets through “Keeping Scientology Working”, and “duplicates” (agrees with) it, they have truly mastered their advanced thought control skills.
Now they are a full-fledged Scientologist.