By Kent Bengtsson
One thing I believe that sets good auditing apart from many other practices is the non-evaluation by the auditor. An auditor asks questions and listens to the answers in order to assist the PC in sorting out things for himself.
When you ask someone a question you will make him think about it, evaluate relevant data and formulate a response or conclusion. In other words, the question is a very powerful weapon in forcing people to think and evaluate.
Also, when asking a question, you do not take a position necessarily. A question does not have to be accusatory at all. A question does not carry with it any burden of proof. If you make a statement or claim, your opponent can turn around and demand “prove it”. If you have any life experience, you will know that it can be next to impossible to prove even the simplest thing. And proving something to someone who does not want to know – is impossible.
My main interest in later years has been the subject of how to be more free in today’s society. This involves going to Court sometimes to stand up for ones beliefs, or talking to bureaucrats who are trying to force you into compliance or to pay them money for imagined obligations where no underlying agreement exists.
I find that in these situations the right questions can convert an assertive self-righteous official to a stuttering fool, or at least someone who might go home and have something to think about.
You are more likely to plant a seed in someone’s mind with a question than with a statement. A statement can just be rejected, but a question demands an answer. Even if the person refuses to answer the question, it will be an incomplete action until answered, and will to some degree hang the person up until he answers it at least to himself.
Here are some questions I like to use on officials who claim authority over me:
What created me, the Government or Nature?
What created the Government, Man or Nature?
What is most senior, the Creator or the Created?
Am I a man?
Was I born free or born as a slave?
If I am not a slave, how can anyone or anything be my master?
Are we not all born with equal rights and freedoms?
If so, how can any other man claim authority over me?
Can anyone authorize anyone else to do something that he does not have the right to do himself? Etc
As a scientologist talking to someone firmly in the COS mind-set of today, try things like this:
What is the most senior datum “If it is not true for you, it is not true” or “the disconnection rule”?
Where does LRH say that fundraising is how one approaches lack of funds?
How is the “Ideal Org Strategy” not a violation of “Be, Do & Have”?
Have you noticed yourself an expansion or a contraction of Scientology in your local area?
If correctly applied tech (as per KSW) is what makes Scientology expand, and tech has never been more correct and standard than now, why is there not full academies in the orgs and lots of auditors being made?
If you were to apply the “Obnosis Drill” and “Look don’t Listen” could you tell me any area of Scientology that is actually expanding and booming – that you have first hand experience of?
If what LRH says about “Cause and Effect” is true, do you think the Church can Declare long time scientologists SPs, break up families, friendships, professional relationships, spy on its own members and treating people as “fair game” without becoming the effect of these activities? Etc.
You could probably think of better questions than these, yourself. This was written with much less thought than the first set of questions above. Give this some thought and you should be able to come up with better ones. The simpler the better.
My aim is not to destroy the COS. It is doing an excellent job there without any assistance from us defectors. I just want people to apply logic and observe what actually takes place. By asking the right questions we can assist others in reaching more rational conclusions – based on own observations.