We covered, in Scientology Thought Control – Part 1, how simple definitions can change the way people think. In that example, the Hubbardism “entheta” causes Scientologists to reject “negative” information about the church even when true, and accept “positive” information about the church even if false.
In Scientology Thought Control – Part 2, we looked into some hard-core thought control technology embodied in L. Ron Hubbard’s “Keeping Scientology Working” and his “Study Technology”. With these things, key “facts” are installed, which cause a Scientologist’s subsequent perception and thoughts to conform to the “correct” pattern. After that, no ideas can get a foothold if they conflict with the approved L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige and Scientology “reality”.
In Scientology Thought Control – Part 3, we find that the Church of Scientology is not responsible for any harm they inflict on their believers.
But what happens when, after all that, a Scientologist doesn’t properly control their thoughts? What happens when a Scientologist has any doubts about something that Hubbard or Miscavige claims?
If left unsupervised, these Scientologists might just look around for more information.
As you might expect, Scientologists are not left unsupervised when they are in this precarious condition. If a Scientologist dares to question something from Hubbard or Miscavige, they become tightly controlled and are isolated from other Scientologists.
It works like this.
To give you a little background: Hubbard created a whole hierarchy of “Ethics Conditions”. When you’re doing well, you will “be in Normal” or perhaps “Affluence” or even “Power”. But if you’re not doing well, you’ll get into trouble, you’ll be in “lower conditions”. Below “Normal” is “Emergency”, then “Danger”, “Non-Existence”, “Liability”, “Doubt”, “Enemy”, “Treason” and, finally “Confusion”.
Each condition has its own Hubbard-created “formula” to be followed under the watchful eye of the “Ethics Officer”. Each lower condition has its penalties.
You can find more on all of these things on the Internet. The details of these are, for the most part, not important to this discussion, but please note that this represents complete control over all Scientologists. No matter what they are doing, Hubbard has a specific “formula” for them to follow.
Also note that there are lots more “lower conditions” than there are “good” conditions. It’s a penalty and control system more than anything else.
Sorry for the digression into Scientologese, but it is important to understand that, in Scientology, doubt is a lower condition. It’s bad! It’s just above “Enemy”! If you doubt, if you question, if you don’t think Hubbard was right, if you don’t agree completely with Miscavige, then you are in trouble. You are in “Doubt”. With penalties.
And you will continue to be in trouble, with penalties, until you stop doubting, stop questioning and completely agree with Hubbard and Miscavige. The penalties will continue until you are ‘happy’.
But wait, there’s more!
As part of the “Doubt Formula” Hubbard wrote:
When one cannot make up one’s mind as to an individual, a group, organization or project, a condition of Doubt exists.
- Inform oneself honestly of the actual intentions and activities of that group, project or organization, brushing aside all prejudice and rumor.
- Examine the statistics of the individual, group, project or organization.
- Evaluate oneself or one’s own group, project or organization as to intentions and objectives.
- Evaluate one’s own or one’s group, project or organization’s statistics.
Did you get the switch? Someone is questioning what Hubbard said, or what Miscavige said and they are given this formula to follow — and suddenly it’s “them against us“. Huh? How did that happen?
Well, you see, that’s the way Hubbard thought. That’s the way Miscavige thinks. If you aren’t in absolute and full agreement — then you have joined their enemies!
Is there anything in that “formula” for isolating the factors of the person’s questions and discovering the truth about those specific questions? No, it’s just them or us — choose! Now, how does that answer any questions?
But wait, there’s still more.
What about evaluating one’s own organization “as to intentions and objectives”? What about one’s own “organization’s statistics”? Eh? Where are the true, accurate and complete statistics of Scientology? Where is the true, accurate and complete information about Scientology’s ‘intentions and objectives'”?
Sorry, they’re secret. They’re confidential. They’re not available. Scientologists can not see this information. All they are allowed to see are the fanciful event presentations from Miscavige. Raw data? Raw statistics? Open access? Not going to happen, ever.
So, how could a Scientologist ever be able to apply this formula? There is no data to decide!
Someone starts questioning what they’re told by Scientology and this is the formula they are told they must apply to resolve their questions. No, this formula deliberately changes the scope from “Is this true?” to “Are you with ‘us good guys’, or are you with ‘the enemy’?”
No, this won’t help Scientologists resolve questions or doubts, this is just another thought control mechanism to keep Scientologists from straying from their allowed beliefs.
This “Doubt Formula” catches any who start to question things and herds them back into “right thinking”.