How Middle Class PTS’ness Effects Us?

We live in a society that is extremely suppressive to an individual. This suppression brings about a condition of PTS’ness. PTS means POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE. Those of us who have been around Scientology a while understand what Suppression and PTS are about. This was never, in later years, well handled by the church and resulted in many wrong items being given to a person and wrong actions being ordered … “You must disconnect from … before you can continue services” etc. This was never well handled within the Group.

However, it does exist and needs to be understood so that it can be handled.

“PTS means potential trouble source. When someone is suppressed he becomes a potential trouble source. There are numerous HCOBs and PLs on this subject. All of them are true observations and predictions. The cause of ROLLER-COASTER is PTS. Roller-coaster means a slump after a gain. Pcs who do not hold their gains are PTS.

LRH also states that a person reading on problems is PTS, because he is running at the effect of them and that causes him roller-coaster. But as soon as he can rise up to take responsibility as cause and he becomes able to handle them, he will begin to get well and cease to have problems that he can’t handle.

This data is covered in HCOB 29 Dec 78R THE SUPPRESSED PERONS RUNDOWN

However, there is another area that can lead a person into becoming PTS. He can consider that he is constantly struggling to keep up with his peers or his neighbors or his acquaintances, which also means he has placed himself at the effect of the society around him. He feels he can’t honestly be self-determined because he is ‘afraid to rock the boat’ by holding true to his own reality. – This is often referred to as “keeping up with the Jones’s”, but Ron calls it “PTS to the middle class”.  

“But what may be overlooked is that persons of the middle class (which is a culture, not an income bracket, to which belong all the puritan hypocritical mores of the cop and the get-a-job-be-a-moderate-plugging-success) frown very terribly on anything that the least bit tries to make a better world.  The middle class wants the world of a job and order and even hypocrisy and cops because they are AFRAID.  They hold to their narrow views because any other views may disturb their twenty-year house mortgage, the store, the job.  So when someone decides to make a better world they look on him as a direct menace even though the dull middle-class world is a sort of slavery and suicide.  It is the middle class that tries the hardest to keep the down-and-outer out and down, who go along with a cop America and hate support of anything not their class. And nearly every PTS you have will be found one way or another to be PTS to the middle class.  As a group, not as an individual, the middle-class-parent world suppresses anything different. So you have PTSes.” …

“The bulk of your PTSes may very well be PTS to the middle class, of which their particular SP is simply a member. Few of them realize this or even that the middle class (bourgeoisie) ARE very suppressive to anyone who tries to do something in the world besides support the system.”
LRH, HCOB 16 April 82, “More on PTS Handling”

“Usually, the person has insufficient understanding of life or any dynamic to grasp his own situation.  He is confused.  He believes all his illnesses are true because they occur in such heavy books!”
LRH, “Stable Data for Handling the PTS”, from “Introduction to Scientology Ethics”, page 189

This is something people run into because they don’t understand how the Dynamics interrelate or how to handle them.

The Central Dynamic of the individual is the urge toward survival. As the urge is influenced by outside forces it either becomes suppressed or alloyed with the purposes of other persons who are forcing their wills upon it, thus becoming, to some degree, enturbulated.

A large vertical arrow serves to represent this Central Dynamic. As the dynamic is cut back or entered upon by suppressing influences such as the lack of the necessities of life—food, clothing and shelter —the arrow becomes more and more bent and warped until it is headed toward succumb, in the opposite direction. This is the direction of death. When the arrow points toward death it does so in the same ratio that the dynamic is enturbulated, and when it points toward survival it does so in the ratio that the dynamic is clean and clear. When pointing toward survival it reaches up into the high ranges of the Tone Scale.

Suppose we inspect this dynamic through a “magnifying glass. “ We find that the arrow is in reality composed of eight arrows, that the Central Dynamic is subdivided into eight parts; that is, SURVIVAL may be considered in terms of (l) self, (2) Sex and Future Generations, (3) Groups, (4) Man as a Species, (5) Life (in any of its many forms), (6) MEST, the Physical Universe, (7) Theta (thought), and (8) The Creator.
All Possible Aberrationsan LRH Lecture – September 1951

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  1. There’s a lot in this. In order for there to be a PTS condition, there must be suppression somewhere. In order for an individual to be affected by suppression, there must be agreement.

    Coincidence of perception and agreement are two entirely different things. One can perceive an agreement, but with that perception, as-is it. That frightens some people. We come to rely on agreements so much, that the idea of “no agreements” becomes a specter of non-existence.. That’s simply not the way it works. You can look at a contractual agreement, signed and certified, see it for what it is, and that doesn’t bring about non-existence. It simply brings about the accurate perception that the contract was seen as mutually beneficial to the parties involved. That mutual benefit is the as-is-ness of it.

    The bulk of agreement is based on coincidence of perception. Coincidence of perception is just seeing the logic, the cause and effect, the survival value, and at the highest level, the truth. LRH covers it most excellently in the study tapes. The fact that an agreed upon Authority “says so” does not make something “right”. It doesn’t necessarily make it “wrong”, but one must – and one can – learn enough to evaluate for oneself.

    It gets a bit tricky in a body, because a body is, whatever the form of the body, some form of material substance which requires material maintenance. So you have “eating”, in our current set of agreements. Like the t-shirt says, “Thousand of innocent vegetables are slaughtered every day! Stop the killing! Eat meat!” So we have the agreements to slaughter for survival value to maintain some semblance of control over the inanimate material world through material bodies. Having a nice house in the suburbs, or a nice condo uptown, has its survival value, so it has its agreement, but the trick is to continue to differentiate the agreement from the logic of survival value, and not let the agreement override the rationality.

    That may seem very complicated, almost hopelessly complicated, but the as-is-ness of it is very simple: we as spiritual beings have the goals of higher levels of awareenss and discovery of truth. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all want to be right. Problems arise when the conviction that one “must be right” overrides the actual logic. You do get psychotic individuals convincing others to agree with them in their personal convictions. That’s suppression. (And a C/S can get in and unravel how all that works in smaller scale with individual cases, and that’s one heck of HUGE problem. Thus the phrase, “If ever there was a Devil, he invented the reactive mind.” That unraveling has been accomplished, in Scientology. Freud provided the keys to it, LRH took it and resolved it to its logical extension..)

    It isn’t that one was, and is, “wrong”. It is discovering the rightness which keeps the wrongness in place. An example: one commits an overt (who has not?), then seeks to justify it, in order to retain one’s own rightness about the overt. There’s that conviction that one must be right. You get the extreme example of a guy who hammers a wrong sized nut over a screw because he has the conviction he must be right. The nut and bolt are an agreement, so that MUST work! The agreement overrides the truth that he has the wrong sizes. The long-term solution isn’t to shoot him. The solution is to show him the right sized nut for the corresponding bolt. Similarly, you don’t make a PC wrong. You let him discover the underlying rightness, let him discover the mistake, the deviation from or misapplication of the underlying rightness. It works because each individual has the capability to perceive truth.

    As each individual discovers more truth, he finds that his perceptions coincide with others. That is not agreement. You can agree, of course, and say “Oh, yes! I agree!” That’s often said. But the fundamental is perception. Never leave home without it.

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