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Subject: IVySU: Confusion, and how to handle it.
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 12:04:50
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Ant suggested I post the data about confusion, from Filberts Excaliber
Revisited. So here it is . . .

The next area I'd like to go over is The Anatomy of Confusion.

Confusion is characterised by uncertainty, stupidity and insecurity. In this
universe, confusion is random motion. A confusion is only a confusion as
long as all the particles are in motion. A confusion is only a confusion so
long as no factor is clearly defined and understood. By knowing the anatomy
of confusions, one can decrease them, that is, become more intelligent.
Education fails because of confusions. Behind every failure, there is a
confusion that wasn't stood up to and taken apart.

In order to lower the confusion in the random motion of particles, one
should select one particle from which to locate the motion of the other
particles. A confusing motion can be understood by conceiving one thing to
be motionless. If there are 10 phones ringing, pick one up and answer it. By
selecting one datum, one factor, one particle in a confusion, the confusion
continues but the thing selected becomes a stable datum for the remainder.

All confusions, no matter how big, are composed of data, factors, or
particles. They do have pieces. Grasping one piece lowers the confusion
level. Grasp one piece and locate it thoroughly. See how the other pieces
function in relation to it until the confusion is solved in its entirety.
The piece that you grasp becomes a certainty that is predict relation to it
until the confusion is solved in its entirety. The piece that you grasp
becomes a certainty that is predictable; the remainder is unpredictable,
uncertain. The ordering of confusions is a process of picking one element of
it and making that a predictable, stable thing that you know about and using
this element of stability to stabilise the remaining random elements. The
remaining elements are stabilised by observing their relationship to the
first stable point.

Certainty could be defined as a lack of confusion.

Intelligence is the ability to handle a confusion.

Security is attained by bringing order to a confusion.

Instead of ordering confusions, some people depend on -luck, uncontrolled
chance. Depending on luck is abandoning control, that's Apathy.

Because of the great quantity of uncertain, stupid control that is extant in
society, some people are inclined to think that control is a bad thing.
Control is not a bad thing. People that say that control is bad are saying
that industrial, aeroplane and automobile accidents are good. Control is
necessary if one is to bring order to confusions.

Good control is positive, certain, predictable; bad control is an attempt,
but it is not really control - it is uncertain, unpredictable. One either
controls things or one does not. One must be able to control things, his
body, his mind, his thoughts to some degree in order to accomplish anything.

A confusion is an uncontrolled randomness. People who exert some control of
that randomness handle confusions, instead of confusions handling them.
People who do not exert control over confusions breed more confusions.

When one becomes master of confusions, ones attention is freed for
constructive activity. When one is surrounded by confusions and does not
handle them, he will develop a destructive attitude in living because of his
desire to destroy the confusions around him.

Now I would like to discuss Stopping a Confusion.

Confusion is held ineffective with an ordering datum, that is, a Stable
Datum. Examples are the dictionary, gravity, -me Tarzan, you Jane, and the
rising and setting of the sun. One handles the confusion of standing in the
rain with the stable datum of opening an umbrella, or of going inside, or
with holding a newspaper over ones head, etc. There are many stable data. A
stable datum is that which stops a confusion and solves a confusion.

Example: After an argument with his mother-in-law, a man is confused and
stops his confusion with a stable datum, the decision that "mother's-in-law
are evil". This, whether right or wrong, orders the confusion. When the man
gets into trouble and a woman helps him out, then the original confusion
returns to him because the stable datum has been shown to be invalid.
Example: After studying the data in universities for 10 years about the
various problems of existence and the world and solving this confusion with
the stable datum of "Nothing can be done about these things but study them
and speculate", an educated person meets someone who is capable of
understanding and action and he demonstrates that something can be done,
thus the first man's stable datum that resolved his confusion is now shaken
and he will feel confused by that person.

Seeing the falsity of a stable datum that was used in the past brings the
confusion of the past up to present time.

One can have many friends by accepting and acknowledging their stable data;
you lose friends by devaluating and not accepting their stable data; you
lose friends by devaluating and not accepting their stable data. You can
confuse and literally kill people by invalidating their major stable data -
it will bring their big confusions up to present time upon them. The most
decent, ethical thing one can do when people offer their stable data is to
simply acknowledge them.

Stable data aren't necessarily true - they are simply adopted. When an old
stable datum can be seen to be untrue and the old confusion comes up to the
present, a new stable datum must be adopted, or the old stable datum will be
put back in place.

Some stable data are more effective than others. Scientology technology
itself is a somewhat effective stable datum for solving confusions about
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