Posts Tagged ‘handling the situation’

A New Leaf

20 February 2018
fruit tree shoot

Springtime in Seattle, 2012.

In English we have an expression “turn over a new leaf” which means to make a new start. It literally refers to a page in a book, but of course this meaning of leaf is closely related to the one illustrated above.

As has already been mentioned in the previous post, my desire to build a new relationship with my church led me to the realization that my public-facing communications could use a change of context.

The Situation

Early this lifetime I came to a conclusion that I hope most can agree on: There is a situation on this planet. Situation is here defined as a major departure from the ideal scene.

In my younger years (the early 1960s) I was under the impression that we as a nation (the U.S.A.), if not the entire planet, were working towards an ideal scene. Here it is as expressed in one of our founding documents:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Then near the end of 1963 a duly elected – and rather popular – President was shot to death in public during a parade while he was visiting a city in Texas. A new administration took over from that man, which resulted in our country becoming very deeply involved in Vietnam, a war Kennedy hoped could be kept under control using only Special Forces troops. As more and more of our men died there, our involvement in the war in Vietnam became more and more unpopular, and was finally ended. The “Communists” then won the war, because they were more sensible rulers than those left in power by earlier colonizers and other outside interests.

Our government had immensely failed in effecting our “safety and happiness.” That failure was so obvious, it’s almost as if it was planned; and it may well have been.

To this day, there are huge holes in our understanding of what was really going on during the first half of the 20th century. And those holes only increased in size when we tried to look at and understand more recent events.


One person – with his group – was working to fill those holes with data that might actually be helpful to people. However, his communication line to the public was cut by mass media outlets controlled by men allied with psychiatry, which opposed this man and what he was teaching. This is known data, not supposition.

So an office in the Church created its own communication line to the public, and called it Freedom Magazine. Many of the first articles in that magazine were penned by L. Ron Hubbard himself. He wanted the general public to begin to notice the connection between what psychiatry (as a movement) was doing and saying across the planet and what was happening to us here in the U.S. Some did. Freedom Mag’s message, though, did not reach me until years later.

In the early 1980s I finally learned that the psychiatry or “Mental Health” movement was being pushed forward by men who shared certain personality traits than most of us would recognize as insane or psychotic. Furthermore, as anti-Scientologists they definitely qualified as Suppressive Persons.

It was our challenge, then, (in the political sphere) to somehow remove those people from the communication lines of the planet. In the early years, those lines consisted mostly of English-language newspapers. Later those lines became dominated by radio and television. And now, since the the 1990s or so, we also have the internet which now feeds into a vast network of mobile “smart” phones.

These communication networks are not evil in themselves, but the persistent attempts by persons of criminal intent to dominate those lines has drastically reduced their usability (and believability) to the point that many people – including many Scientologists – will not use those lines for anything other than gathering the most mundane forms of information, or commercial uses like shopping and banking.

The Search for Reliable Information

I didn’t get on the internet in any big way until 2009. Wikipedia was already very well-developed by that time and had become the de facto source of information about almost anything. However, on topics where facts or intentions are hotly contested, the “establishment” position tends to win out on Wikipedia, on TED, on all the major news sites, or any site attempting to present reliable information. This goes for almost any topic other than the most mundane (weather forecasts?) or boring (electronics and coding?).

What I did at that time was to start my own blog. There I would present and compare data from multiple sources in the hopes of giving readers a more insightful view of things than what was being fed to them by the mainstream sources.

This activity had two main problems: 1) nobody read it, and 2) too many of my non-church data sources were questionable or salted with anti-Scientology sentiments. I was trying to demonstrate to my readers that there existed certain basic phenomena of life that were widely agreed on and widely researched. Yet I kept falling over enemy data that had been insinuated into many of my “alternative” sources. Many involved in that work were only too eager to believe that Scientology was just another con game that could be dismissed and not taken seriously.

The Church, for its part, decided to buy an entire studio complex in Hollywood – a location I am very familiar with that used to house a local Public Television station – and set up its own content generation facilities and media channels. This project is on the verge of launching as I write.

My own response is to revise my site to make it more resource-oriented and less discussion-oriented. I am also beginning a project to connect to like-minded bloggers.

Technical Limitations

The internet was created to provide its initial users (mostly data scientists in academia and the military-industrial complex) with faster data sharing capabilities, which data might include – in the case of the military – strategic and actionable data of a confidential nature.

Some of the earliest websites looked basically like search windows and were used to find scientific papers and other technical information, somewhat on the order of a giant library.

Additionally, any services that earlier used telex lines were obvious candidates for switching over to the internet. This included news feeds, stock tickers, and private messaging of course.

But it was not long before commerce was being conducted over the internet, and this use quickly became the dominant use. About 1/2 of all internet websites today are .com sites. And this means that what most website designers are trying to do is maximize traffic. Today, social networking is widely understood as a way to give commercial sites access to a lot of potential customers. The sharing of useful information on the internet, its original educational use, has been buried under all the subsequent traffic; a development that should have been quite predictable.

The blog is a sort of personal news feed service. It presents your posts in reverse chrono order, most recent on top, like the news. “Free” blogs are used – often blatantly – for advertising, and so are “free” e-mail and social media accounts.

About two-thirds (68%) of internet users disapprove of search engines and websites tracking their online behavior for the purpose of ad targeting.
– Pew Research, 13 March 2012.

While internet shopping is very popular compared to using the internet to seek useful data or advice (except as it concerns which product to buy), many people use the internet for that purpose or assume that it can be used that way. This group especially includes young people in school. I know it also includes all sorts of engineers and other “geek” types.

People want good data, but the internet concentrates on giving them news, blogs, ads and messages commonly associated with entertainment or commerce, not associated with making smart decisions.

Thus if I want to use my blog to help people make smarter decisions in their lives, I must realize that this is not what my blog was designed to do, and I am going to need to compensate for that.

The changes I will be making in the site reflect that realization.


Positive Law

2 May 2012

I am writing this as my first reaction to the following items, among others:
David Wilcock’s latest article
Treatise by Byron Beers on Merchant Law


1. arbitrary 2. explicit 3. confident; assured 4. affirmative 5. indicating progress 6. constructive; 7. absolute; 8. real 9. based on facts 10. empirical; practical.
The above definitions and synonyms are excerpted from my dictionary.

In Scientology we have a thing called a positive postulate. It is a decision to act or to be or to have that admits no thought or concern for failure. In the context of the real world, it is difficult to make a positive postulate, unless one is confident that no one would be harmed should the postulate come true.

Positive Law

This describes a rule made simply because the maker of the rule thinks he would benefit from having it enforced. The implied intention is that the rule will be enforced with physical force, if necessary.

If you get a picture of a king sitting on a throne somewhere who likes pancakes and thus has a law requiring that the people of his kingdom supply him with lots of pancakes, then you have some picture of the context in which positive law “makes sense.”

It doesn’t have to make any real sense. It depends solely on the rule-maker’s ability to enforce it.

Life down through the ages

When one studies the history of Europe (which I have not done that much of), one is immediately impressed by the difficulty groups seemed to have is keeping things peaceful enough to make some kind of progress.

In the not-too-recent past, Europe has had to deal with climate conditions that left people there without a balanced supply of the basics of life. One solution to this was to establish trade, usually with people living further south. The other solution to this was to ride out on horses, armed with swords, and pillage.

Understandably, the traders did not appreciate the robbers, though the robbers rather depended on the traders.

What was worked out, as best I can tell, was for the traders to “employ” the robbers to “protect” their trade routes. This left those neither traders nor robbers holding the short end of the stick. However, this system seems to be the basis for a tradition known today as “Merchant Law” which is a form of positive law.

“Modern” Law

The “rest of us,” understandably, did not feel well-served by Merchant Law, nor by its close ally, Admiralty Law.

One attempt to buffer the population from the world of constant warfare was common law. This is a general name for the legal customs of various nations that were used in the conduct of ordinary life.

Back then, ordinary life was not very commercial. You could often pay rent in the form of goods, and barter was also common.

But we see the merchants, along with their robber friends, work to gradually infiltrate commerce into culture, and make it seem like the “modern” thing to do.

Thus, more and more, our Common Law was replaced by various national flavors of Merchant Law. What this resulted in, basically, was to legalize activities that, under common law, would be seen as illegal.

Today, crime is basically legal, as long as you have the guns (read government) on your side.

As this is essentially a predatory system, and thus not sustainable, we are beginning to tire of its ever-increasing burdens.

Many groups have arisen to expose and oppose this system, and David has been writing about some of their activities, ideas, and plans.

The robbers and the merchants

The keener among us have noticed that while we could do without robbers, we would have trouble doing without merchants. We see our main job as separating these two from each other, and giving the more positive group sufficient education so that they will choose better ways, in the future, to afford their activities protection.

The robbers, though few in number, have shown themselves so willing to violate “God’s” laws that they are widely feared. What we need to deal with them is a way to disable them without compromising our own moral integrity. If the only way to stop a robber is to become one, then we might as well bow our heads and submit to their will.

What I very much hope is true, and what seems to be the case, is that it is possible to win the “guns” over, thus depriving the “robbers” of their firepower. The key to this is to render the lies they have used to gain the cooperation of fighters powerless. This is tricky. The key to it is education of the fighters, and providing them with ever broader and more constructive “fights” in which they can invest their aggressive (even destructive) energies. To fight must remain an honorable thing. It is the enemy that must change.

The true deceivers can, for now, only be handled by physically containing them. It is hoped that at some distant date they may be cured of their deceptive approach to life. Some may choose to commit suicide should they be found out, but this is not a permanent solution.

Jargon and Minutiae

Most attempts I have found on the web to explain this situation are confounded by their use of arcane legal terminology and details. This approach is not suitable for a more general understanding of the situation. Many of these researchers seem to have the attitude that “if I had to suffer in order to obtain and understand this data, so should you!” I hope I do not fall into this same trap.

It is interesting to become an “expert,” learn all the technical words, and make a bit of a spectacle of oneself. But that will not get the job done quickly enough. I think David and those working with him are assisting in this work with some skill, considering none of them are trained in LRH Study Tech. I wish I myself could do more, and hope someday that I will be able to.