"I hear a lot of whining and moaning here and there about how bad it is over  here. But I notice it is always from people who are totally incompetent and  who depend for their communication line on their imagination and with as  little recourse to fact as possible."                                         -L. Ron Hubbard, 1955

Rumors and the Real Truth

“On the subject of rumors, America sure likes to close terminals with a lot of chatter. In three years, I have never heard a true story in circulation about anyone. What a wild record! Recently so many reports reached me in various ways about Walsh in LA that I wrote some real mean letters in that direction. Further data revealed that not one of these reports I had received was true.

“How do you break up an organization? You just tell one section of it how bad another section is until it falls apart. Simple? How do you kill Scientology or Dianetics? Why, just convince everyone that ‘while the work is all right, Hubbard is... well...’ How do you lose business? They tell your potential students and preclears that ‘while the subject may have merit, the people who run that Associate School...’

“Just like many a preclear starts trouble amongst auditors. Auditor A helps him but he tells Auditor B that Auditor A is a dog. Auditor B gets self-righteous and tackles Auditor A. They discover that this pc gave a wrong-end-up account of the whole thing.

“Should you believe a psychotic 1.1 pc? Or does he cause more trouble if you listen? Should you believe the Great American Grapevine? Believe the Martians have landed, believe that the sun has just exploded, believe that water runs uphill, but believe John Public’s favorite comm line? Never!” ...

“So stand steady under rumor fire and know there is not and never will be serious competition or opposition except in our own minds. Stay true to our goals and to truth and we will attain these goals. I think they are worth attaining.”

L. Ron Hubbard

From HCOB 23 April 1953

Associate Newsletter No. 1