On the necessity for repair technologies.
I got the idea for this post after waiting about an hour for a bus to take me back from Portland to Seattle.
The story, we were told, is that the bus that was to be used for the trip malfunctioned before leaving Seattle. After attempts to repair the problem failed, a replacement bus was found. This created a delay of about an hour for all passengers involved.
This was no great tragedy.
But I noticed that I had not anticipated this possibility!
Had the bus company anticipated this happening? Had the other passengers? One had to get off the bus because the delay would have caused him to miss his connection to the airport, and thus his plane.
In the Sea Org we had a saying: An unprepared crew is a dead crew.
This is not the time to leave behind the know-how of fixing a system when it stops working! This is the time to extend that know-how to human life and human groups. The survival of a human group depends on its ability to repair itself!
It used to be that equipment was designed to be repaired. Most heavy equipment still is. But light equipment, like cell phones, are designed to be replaced if they break. What happens to all those broken phones?
In our society, sooner or later our stuff gets too old or too broken to mess with any longer, and needs to be replaced. But were is the future in this? Imagine yourself surrounded by mountains of trash! Would it be safe? Would it be healthy?
I have heard of people making houses out of old tires by stacking them like bricks then filling them with sand or gravel. But this new building material doesn’t seem to be catching on. And you can only make so many sandals out of old tire treads! (I used to own a pair.)
So we are beginning to see scenes like this (same website):
But the point of this article is not waste per se. It is the gradual loss of the awareness that the ability to fix things when they stop working is a survival ability.
And that brings me back to a theme that I have written about several times now, and will continue to write about until I start receiving intelligent comments indicating that readers are starting to get it.
Repair is a key process in life!
The first step is to notice that a system is no longer working according to its original design.
Example: The current United States, reference to the founding documents of the late 1700s.
The second step is to ascertain why the system is not working properly.
Example: Criminal infiltration into society. Criminals posing as respectable citizens. Most psychiatrists are a good example of this.
LAW: Correcting a wrong why does not repair the system!
In a human system, the chief indicator of a correct why is chronic dishonesty. This can be detected in a variety of ways. What you are basically detecting is insanity. Real insanity results in criminality.
The third step is to repair the system.
But how do you make a chronic liar into an honest person?
How do you make a crazy person sane?
Most people don’t have a clue how to do this. And that is why things seem to be getting worse, not better.
We need workable technologies in the field of the human mind.
We can’t just put a person “out to pasture” and wipe our hands of him or her, like the photo below of an aircraft graveyard.
Because they come back. With the same mind they had before. And the process of dying and growing up in a new body normally doesn’t help matters much.
You’ve got to change that being, and that means giving control of the mind back to the being, rather than leaving it the other way around, which is the essence of insanity.
This takes a lot of patience and hard work. And the worst cases will take the longest to fix, because they will start out by rejecting all attempts to help them. So this will be a gradual process of repairing the sanest and most able among us first, then with their help, taking on wider and wider areas of responsibility, until everyone is reached. It’s a long haul; a lifelong commitment.
But the alternative is an eternal graveyard. A world full of beings too broken to function properly, too broken to help each other, too broken to realize they are beings. And so we work.