The following first appeared in the private email list IVy-subscribers,
which was available to all those who subscribed to the
printed magazine, International Viewpoints.

The cruelest undercut of them all
By Phil Spickler
03 Aug 98

It has been said that silence is golden; however, the recent silence
of the IVy-subscribers list has been awesome, and perhaps TOO quiet
and peaceful. I guess silence can also be restimulative -- of exactly
what, I'm not sure.  I only know that a powerful, if somewhat
aberrated, urge to communicate has overcome my thimbleful of theta,
and so here I am, jabbering away.  It is my earnest hope that the
silent majority and minority of subscribers will find what follows to
be somewhat humorous and possibly even interesting.  We could even
throw in a dash of curiosity and bake the whole mess for one hour at
3.0 on your Hubbard Electrometer, and if all those milliamps don't do
it, well, try salt and pepper and eat it raw.          

Howsomever, let's get back to the subject of this mini-essay, which
really has to do with the scarcest and most valuable particle in the
universe (so sayeth L. Ron Hubbard, sometime in the very early '50's
-- that's the 1950's to those of you who regard that period as whole
track).  Anyhow, it's been said that that which is unadmired tends to
persist, or in the simplest terms, that which doesn't get admired
gets more solid and sticks around.  So what about this extremely
valuable and extremely scarce particle called admiration?  How come
it's so scarce, and why is it so valuable?  Well, that's one of those
questions that just about everybody that's alive, or anything that's
alive, or anything that exists, whether you think it's alive or not,
already has the answer to.  But to elaborate on this a little bit:
with a few exceptions that I will speak about at some later time,
just about everything that's created has one or more creators, and
one of the things that these creators want more than anything else is
for something or someone besides the creator to say, "That is
wonderful," or in more simple terms, to flow admiration, which
contains all the things that creators want to experience during and
after creation.          

Many years ago on the whole track, we used to perform an experiment,
just to see how potent admiration was, and said experiment went
something like this.  Take some raw meat (in this case, someone who
hadn't been trained and audited) and gradiently introduce the person
to the notion of what admiration is, (yes, it's a good idea to start
with a dictionary), and just as you might do in creative processing,
start this chap on a very light gradient of being able to create
admiration and to direct it on all kinds of different directions or
flows.  And keep him winning at this until he was getting pretty good
at creating this very scarce particle, and along the way possibly
realizing some of the reasons why it's scarce and why people use it
so sparingly in our persisting world.  The words "persisting world"
are the clue as to why (something you already know) admiration is so
bloody scarce and at the same time all of us creators would do almost
anything to get it.        

Yes, the universe makers a long time ago (that's us) realized that if
you're going to get persistence, you have to deny, withhold, keep
admiration to a minimum.  After blinking out about 10 million tries
to get a universe to get some persistence, we all realized, sadly but
happily, that we were just going to have to quit expressing such
total admiration for our creation, if we were ever going to get the
darned thing to hang around with time and mass long enough to jump
into it and kick some butt (slang for operating around tone
20-something).  We'll leave the dwindling spiral alone for awhile,
and come back to this lovely hunk of raw meat that we've been
teaching to create and direct admiration. It doesn't take very long
at this procedure for the guy to already have become quite changed
from the person you started with, 'cause remember, we're fooling
around with admiration, the key to persistence. The rest of what we
did with this person (until he reached a point where he was in the
middle of such a big win that you couldn't take it any further) was
simply to find out what he disliked or detested or couldn't stand or
desperately wanted to get rid of, starting with his first dynamic,
and having picked something that he thought was the big terrible
ruination of his life, we'd get the guy to start working this over
with admiration, coupled with some of its other forms such as
granting of beingness, or another name, acknowledgment, or love,
etc., etc., etc.   Anyhow, after awhile, this thing that had been the
worst-case scenario in this guy's life had now become an object of
admiration, and not only could our hero flow admiration to it, but he
could get this area or thing to flow admiration back to him. Well, my
goodness!  Here we were going to work on all 8 dynamics with
admiration, but this guy has now turned into such an operating thetan
simply because he's at cause, willing and knowing, of admiration, and
has had so many cognitions about what he always thought was wrong
with himself and everything else, that the only thing to do is try to
get him out the door and on his way, back to the playing area that
everyone else plus he had created, before he turned this wonderful
power on us folk that were engaging in this wonderful experiment and
caused us all to vanish.      

Now as you can see, this is very serious and unpleasant and the
cruelest undercut of them all, because it's one of the worst things
for the *business* of selling the truth, and it produces a person who
most frequently will never (well, never is too strong) but hardly
ever need the services of those who are in the business of selling
the truth.  If there's any secret that ever came out of Scientology,
which is a light lock on the secret that the creators of the universe
decided to embrace, it is the awful power of admiration. It can and
frequently does wipe out everything in its path, and in spite of
being extremely desirable and scarce, most folks, without knowing
why, avoid it like the plague, except for a brief moment now and

So there, I've said it and I'm glad, but I warn you out there, if
anyone takes up this idea and tries it out on themselves or others,
watch out! You're playing with something that makes the hydrogen
bomb, just for comparison, look like a firefly at high noon in the
Sahara Desert.  I could go on, but my memory of all this admiration
is causing me to lose what little solidity still remains under the
heading of "Phil", and so with a snarl of rage and as much unadmiring
power as I have left, I bid you all a very grumpy and somewhat solid
"So long for now," and say in closing that if you make any comments
about this mini-essay I shall do my level best to retaliate with
heavy criticism rather than admiration so that your deathless prose
might persist for a few moments, thus giving new vigor to the
IVy-subscribers list. My sheep have overgrazed  the new crop of
alfalfa, so I must run -- Phil

P.S.  For anyone reading this poor offering that's determined not to
quickly and fully understand what we're talking about, I would
suggest that you spend a few moments recalling times that you have
been admired, or times that something you've done or created was
admired, and recall a few times that you admired, REALLY admired
something else, and do a few of these recalls on a few flows, and I
promise you'll quickly remember how desperately wonderful and
desirable admiration is, and how bloody, bloody scarce we're all
making it at this time. -- P

P.P.S.  Guess what all that lack of admiration is doing to the
infamous Church of Scientology?  Warning: don't ponder that one very