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With Respect To Ron

Manners

Maybe it’s just me. I grew up in the South of the U.S.A. In the South, manners are particularly important. We’re schooled in them from an early age. If you consider manners long enough, they mostly come down to respect. In the South you show the same respect to anyone, regardless of who they are, until they do something to lose that respect. This is deeply ingrained in the South and goes back hundreds of years.

That’s not to say that Southerners don’t pre-judge people. I do. I see a picture of someone and I form an instant opinion of that person. But I keep that opinion in reserve. I’m fully aware I could be wrong. So when I finally meet that person, I treat them with the same respect with which I’d treat anyone else. Until convinced to do otherwise by the words or conduct of that person.

There are people who deserve special consideration in the manners department: your elders, women, people in authority and people of great accomplishment. Even children deserve a certain respect as beings with small bodies who are struggling with the burden of figuring out a lot of confusing stuff in a short time period.

By the way, race, religion, sexual preference and ethnicity don’t figure in to respect, regardless of what you may have been told about the South. Yes, there are pockets of prejudice, particularly among older Southerners. But in the main, good manners rule.

You may occasionally find friction between people from the South and those from the North. A great deal of that comes down to manners. Manners are not as acutely important to Northerners. Southerners consequently often consider them generally ill-mannered. Particularly when they move down here and then complain, “That’s not the way we do it up North”. Well, you’re in the South now. Learn to do it our way and don’t complain. It’s rude. You’re a guest here. Learn how to act like a good one. (This could be considered part of the Non-Existence formula as conceived of in the South.)

Good and bad manners are contagious. That’s why I generally avoid people who appear to be ill-mannered. I don’t want their contagion in my space.

Again, manners generally come down to respect. A sane person does not treat a complete stranger like a dog. You reserve that for later, when they’ve proven they don’t deserve your respect, by their words and actions.

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard (or “Ron” as he preferred to be called) assembled a body of wisdom the likes of which appear nowhere else in this universe. Some of it was culled from earlier work, but much if not most of it was developed or discovered out of Ron’s experience and scientific research.

Ron accomplished what he did in a very short span of time. And he did it, not to get rich or become famous. He was already famous, and he could have made a lot more money as just a writer. Instead, he acted as an explorer, exploring areas which had mostly been abused or attacked down through history.

But none of that really matters. Believe what you like. If you’ve ever gotten case gain from Scientology tech, it’s because of Ron. It’s your gain, and you made it yourself. But without this Tech, you wouldn’t have made that gain.

LRH certainly belonged to the so-called “elders” for most of us. And he certainly belonged to the group of those who could be considered “people of great accomplishment”.

Accordingly, he deserves our respect.

But that’s not what I see throughout much of cyberspace when it comes to Ron. His name is dragged through the dirt as much or more than any villanous historical figure I know of. Any time I see a blogger refer to Ron as “Hubbard” or ElRon, I know exactly what I’m in for. I need read no further. There’s a load of muck destined for Ron’s head. It’s virtually axiomatic.

Of course, I/we can complain about the disrespect heaped on Ron all we want. It’s originated by people who have their own axes to grind. It’s originated by people who fundamentally don’t understand what Scientology is, people who have undisclosed harmful acts and are withholding them, and people who are wholly evil (“suppressive persons”).

Personally, regardless of what I think Ron did or didn’t do, he founded Scientology and originated the Tech. For that alone, he deserves my undying respect. I think he deserves yours too.

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An Existential Question

I don’t much believe in luck. Not in this universe. I figure if something happens, somebody probably made it happen. Maybe a lot of somebodies.

As you move up the Bridge, your ability to correctly place cause improves. But low on the Bridge (and even at Clear), it can sometimes be difficult to pick apart the causation for events.

So I have an existential question for people out there who are smarter than I am about these things.

Some years ago, my wife and I were living about an hour north of where we are now. We’d been doing the one-hour commute for a few years, and we were pretty fed up with it. We decided to move back south. So we put our house up for sale and prepared to find a house closer to our business.

As it turned out, we put our house on the market just as a real estate boom was starting. We sold our house for twice what we paid for it. And managed to find a house close to work that fit our needs and was well within our price range. As an added bonus, just about that time, gas prices skyrocketed, which would have made a commute from our former northern house much much more expensive. So we dodged a bullet on that one, too.

Now, since I generally discount luck, I figured that somewhere in the back of my mind, I must have sensed that now was the time to act with regard to selling our house and moving. Some part of me must have been able to see the real estate boom and the gas crunch coming. At least that was my take on it.

Now, here’s another more recent event. A month or two ago, I reckoned it was time to replace the aging server on our internal computer network. It was slow and we had had to institute a few work-arounds to accommodate its age-related quirks. So I embarked on a plan to replace Pokey. I had a much newer machine named Poindexter which was not being used. So I started the lengthy process of transferring control and software over to it. In our case, this was a tedious process which took the better part of a week to accomplish, including testing and such. We left Pokey on the network as a backup, but Poindexter was finally functioning as the new server.

About a week later, late at night, I heard a loud POP! a couple of rooms away from my office. I got up to investigate, hoping something precariously stacked on something else might have simply fallen over. When I entered the room where the noise originated, there was a powerful smell of burnt electronics. I looked around, and there was the old server. Then I noticed that there was no noise coming from Pokey, whose fan would normally be making a fair amount of noise moving cooling air in and out of the computer’s case. Uh oh.

A post mortem on Pokey proved that yes, that was where the pop came from. Some electronic component had disasterously (and loudly) failed, and Pokey was well and truly dead. Fortunately, Poindexter had taken over Pokey’s role, and this didn’t present a real crisis for us.

As subsequent days rolled by, I kept going back to how fortuitous it was that I had just previously decided to replace the one computer with the other. At the time, I decided to put it down to the phenomenon I mentioned earlier, where you know in the back of your mind something’s going to happen (Pokey’s going to fail). As a result, you take action to avoid catastrophe, without realizing you’re doing so because you know in the back of your mind about the pending disaster.

I mentioned this to my wife, who came up with an alternate explanation. In her mind, perhaps now that we didn’t need Pokey anymore, our postulates keeping it going ended, and it finally failed. In other words, we’d been propping up the old machine with our intention and postulates. And now that we didn’t need it any more, we stopped propping it up. And it just broke.

My wife’s a pretty smart cookie, and I suspect she’s right about this one. But it brings up a quandary about present time actions and the future. There are two cases here. One, there’s a pending future event which must be avoided (or taken advantage of) by present time action. There’s no question that the upcoming event is not solely your doing. Without knowing consciously about the future event, you take the proper present time
action. Happy ending. Two, you take present time action, and avoid a future disaster when your postulates change because of the action you took. Happy ending.

The existential question is this: the causation in each case looks different, but are they really different phenomena? Is case one really different from case two?

If you know the answer or can provide an LRH reference which addresses the question, feel free to comment.

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