From International Viewpoints (IVy) Issue 8 - September 1992
By Terry E. Scott, England
Happiness, according to L. Ron Hubbard in PAB number 8, is a "state of
admiration of things".
This is a very interesting remark, because admiration is in fact a
kind of high level emotion, a cousin of love. It is tied in with
aesthetics - art, beauty, and the like.
And it resolves cases right and left.
The emotional tone scale is to do with aesthetics: the loveliness or
otherwise of people and things. It is a scale of attitudes, and its
high levels include exhilaration and enthusiasm. But right up there is
One can expect a soldier to hate his enemies. But Jesus and others
suggested it would be a good thing to love them. This sounds wishy
washy and idealistic, but has more than a grain of truth.
If we look at both love and admiration, well, one could run a process
such as finding something about an enemy that one wouldn't mind
loving. That might be difficult.
Why enemies? Stay tuned, for I want to tackle this difficult area
It is more easy to ask a being to say what about an enemy he would be
willing to admire. This introduces a more workable gradient scale.
He might find that he wouldn't mind admiring the smart uniform or the
elegant hat or something. The being begins to draw back from utter
hatred and resistance and becomes more able to deal with the enemy he
has been resisting.
The principle applies too with those who are not one's enemies. They
include friends, relatives, workmates, and everyday people. Further,
objects can be included in admiration processing.
What about a particular terminal or class of one wouldn't the preclear
mind admiring? Build a gradient scale.
Admiration is, I believe, -the- key to handling emotion. It is one of
the highest emotions, refers to aesthetics (itself a major case
factor), and yet is smooth and sweet to run. It can undercut difficult
areas of the reactive mind without the preclear's getting involved in
upsetting material. Try it.