(Section 8 of Part 3 – Why I Left the Church)
Here is another example of something many of us looked at and thought was great. It made it appear that COB is really taking the actions needed to expand Scientology and doing what it takes to clear the planet.
But again, if you just LOOK at LRH policy, you will see that it is OBVIOUSLY a MAJOR VIOLATION of how LRH said to go about building an Ideal Org.
The words “Ideal Org” are gotten from HCO PL 12 Mar 75 II, Data Series 40, The Ideal Org (Management Series Vol 1, page 609). COB claims that this policy is the basis for his program of getting straight donations from Scientology public to pay for large, ornate, fancy buildings. He has ordered every single org to do this. But here are the quotes from the PL that have to do with the appearance of an Ideal Org:
“It would have enough space in which to train, process and administrate without crowding.
“It would be located where the public could identify and find it.
“It would be busy looking, with staff in motion, not standing about.
“It would be clean and attractive enough not to repel its public.
“Its files and papers, baskets and lines would be in good order.”
You will notice that nowhere in these lines (or any of the lines in the whole policy letter, if you read it) does it say that the building has to be ornate, lavish, fancy or expensive. You should read the whole policy letter. You will see that nowhere in that policy does it say that an org has to pay millions of dollars for a building before you can have an Ideal Org. What it does say, in terms of how one goes about obtaining an Ideal Org, is:
“Such an ideal org would be built by taking what one has and step by step building and smoothing; grooving in and handling each of its functions, with each of its divisions doing more and more of its full job better and better.”
You and I, as members of the church, had a responsibility to see that tech and policy were applied, including by people senior to us on the org board and command charts. When COB announced how this Ideal Org program was to come about, we should have looked at whether or not it was on policy, not just assume that because he’s COB, that it must be being done correctly.
If we would have just done some research on what LRH says about this kind of thing we would have found it in the very same books that we paid hundreds of dollars to own and could have looked at any time; or we could have looked at them even if we didn’t own them, because there are plenty of them in the courserooms and Quals.
Here is some LRH policy on buildings and quarters. Compare what he says here to what COB is saying to do:
In twenty years an enormous amount of experience has been gained regarding the quarters and housing of orgs.
From this experience there are only a few clear-cut lessons. These follow:
“A. VIABILITY of the org (its economic survival including its security from political-enemy-motivated attack) is the first and foremost consideration. In terms of quarters an org can afford just so much expense. Therefore, viability is the first consideration – not how posh or what repute or what image.”
“CONCLUSION: Viability of economics must not exceed the income of the org.”
“E. Expensive office equipment is not a first priority.”
“F. Renovations are destructive if extensive.
“CONCLUSION: Don’t renovate at vast expense. Use and make it better as you can with your own people.” – LRH (HCO PL 23 Sept 70 Quarters, Policy Regarding, Historical; OEC Vol 7, p. 1394)
If after reading this, you still think that COB is right, then I don’t think you can, at the same time, consider yourself a full proponent of LRH policy. The two are clearly not the same.
Here is another quote from LRH on the subject of buildings:
“We own a tremendous amount of property. We own a tremendous amount of material, and so forth. But that’s not important.
“When buildings get important to us, for God’s sake, some of you born revolutionists, will you please blow up central headquarters?
“Don’t get interested in real estate. Don’t get interested in the masses of buildings because that’s not important.” – LRH (Lecture 31 Dec 60, The Genus of Dianetics and Scientology, Anatomy of the Human Mind Congress , page 38)
It sure seems to me that COB has gotten the church very much into real estate and that buildings have become very important.
By the way, there was a part of my “Dead Agent” handling, a piece written up for OSA, which attempted to show that critics of current church management were taking that reference from The Anatomy of the Human Mind out of context. It said that by leaving out the next paragraph in the lecture transcript, that critics were giving a wrong impression of what LRH meant in an effort to make it look like the Ideal Org program was violating what LRH was saying in that lecture when it really wasn’t violating it.
Here is the next paragraph in the transcript of the same lecture:
“What is important is how much service you can give the world and how much you can get done and how much better you can make things. These are important things. A bank account never measured the worth of a man. His ability to help measured his worth and that’s all. A bank account can assist one to help but where it ceases to do that it becomes useless.”
You can judge for yourself if that latter paragraph in any way modifies the first paragraph that I quoted from this lecture, or justifies spending millions of dollars of people’s personal money to obtain new buildings for all orgs. Better yet, you can ask your DSA for that same “Dead Agent” material and see for yourself what point it was attempting to make. According to the comment in the “Dead Agent” pack, the second paragraph was supposed to make clearer the first paragraph so that you would realize how the Ideal Org program does not violate what LRH says in this lecture about buildings. I totally disagree with that. In fact, for me, the second paragraph actually supports the claim that the Ideal Org program violates LRH’s statements in this lecture about buildings.