This situation has been going on for eons. In fact, it started from the time Beings started to associate with each other. It has become so common that people have accepted it as a way of life. If you want to destroy someone, something, a group or idea. Just start Third Partying them or it. You are not going to stop people Third Partying, but you can understand it and in really understanding it you can handle it.
THE THIRD PARTY LAW
I have for a very long time studied the causes of violence and conflict amongst individuals and nations.
If Chaldea could vanish, if Babylon turn to dust, if Egypt could become a badlands, if Sicily could have 160 prosperous cities and be a looted ruin before the year zero and a near desert ever since-and all this in SPITE of all the work and wisdom and good wishes and intent of human beings, then it must follow as the dark follows sunset that something must be unknown to Man concerning all his works and ways. And that this something must be so deadly and so pervasive as to destroy all his ambitions and his chances long before their time. Such a thing would have to be some natural law unguessed at by himself. And there is such a law, apparently, that answers these conditions of being deadly, unknown and embracing all activities.
The law would seem to be:
A THIRD PARTY MUST BE PRESENT AND UNKNOWN IN EVERY QUARREL FOR A CONFLICT TO EXIST.
FOR A QUARREL TO OCCUR, AN UNKNOWN THIRD PARTY MUST BE ACTIVE IN PRODUCING IT BETWEEN TWO POTENTIAL OPPONENTS.
WHILE IT IS COMMONLY BELIEVED TO TAKE TWO TO MAKE A FIGHT, A THIRD PARTY MUST EXIST AND MUST DEVELOP IT FOR ACTUAL CONFLICT TO OCCUR.
It is very easy to see that two in conflict are fighting. They are very visible. What is harder to see, or suspect is that a third party existed and actively promoted the quarrel. The usually unsuspected and “reasonable” third party, the bystander who denies any part of it is the one that brought the conflict into existence in the first place.
The hidden third party, seeming at times to be a supporter of only one side, is to be found as the instigator. This is a useful law on many dynamics. It is the cause of war. One sees two fellows shouting bad names at each other, sees them come to blows. No one else is around. So, they, of course, “caused the fight”. But there was a third party. Tracing these down, one comes upon incredible data.
That is the trouble. The incredible is too easily rejected. One way to hide things is to make them incredible.
LRH – HCO POLICY LETTER OF 26 DECEMBER 1968