When you give a child something


With the season of Christmas again upon us and the tradition of gift giving,  the words of LRH below need to be well heeded, especially regarding our children.

Those who are or have been Auditors may well recall the upsets a preclear has experienced when the rules below are violated!

“When you give a child something, it’s his.  It’s not still yours. Clothes, toys, quarters, what he has been given, must remain under his exclusive control.

So, he tears up his shirt, wrecks his bed, breaks his fire engine.  It’s none of your business.  How would you like to have somebody give you a Christmas present and then tell you, day after day thereafter, what you are to do with it and even punish you if you failed to care for it the way the donor thinks? 

You’d wreck that donor and ruin that present.  You know you would.  The child wrecks your nerves when you do it to him.  That’s revenge.  He cries.  He pesters you.  He breaks your things.  He ‘accidentally’ spills his milk.  And he wrecks the possession on purpose about which he is so often cautioned. 

Why? Because he is fighting for his own self-determinism, his own right to own and make his weight felt on his environment.  This ‘possession’ is another channel by which he can be controlled.  So, he has to fight the possession and the controller.”
LRH, Child Dianetics [1951], page 4


“The spirit of Christmas lives with us. We are the protectors of the real tradition of Christmas — peace on Earth and Goodwill to all.  With our technology and ability, we can create on Earth a real heaven where men can be free.

“In our hands lies the power to restore to man his determinism and all that he finds good in himself — his honesty, his integrity and the thrill of being of real help to others”.
L. Ron Hubbard, Orders of the Day 25 December 197

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