|a.r.s.: Scientology's top triangle--Sadism|
Subject: Scientology's top triangle -- Sadism
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 17:44:32 GMT
Scientology sells "control" as a pro-survival objective and sells
courses and auditing programs to gradiently attain that objective.
Cult founder L. Ron Hubbard even defines "Scientologist" as "one who
controls persons, environments and situations." PAB 137, quoted in
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary.
As Fromm says, "to force someone to endure pain or humiliation without
Preventing people from becoming Scientology sadists really is out of
The Anatomy of Human Destrictiveness© Gerry Armstrong
© 1973 Eric Fromm
Fawcett Publications, Inc.
Part Three "The Varieties of Aggression and Destructiveness and Their
Chapter 11 "Malignant Aggression"
Section "The Nature of Sadism"
pp. 322, 323
I have given these examples of Stalin's sadism because they serve very
well to introduce the central issue: ~the nature of sadism~. Thus far
we have dealt descriptively with various kinds of sadistic behavior,
sexual, physical, and mental. These different forms of sadism are not
independent from each other; the problem is to find the common
element, the essence of sadism. Orthodox psychoanalysis claimed that
a particular aspect of sexuality was common to all these forms; in
the second phase of Freud's theory it was asserted that sadism was a
blending of Eros (sexuality) and the death instinct, directed outside
oneself, while masochism is a blend of eros and the death instinct,
directed toward oneself.
Against this, I propose that the core of sadism, common to all its
manifestations, is ~the passion to have absolute and unrestricted
control over a living being~, whether an animal, a child, a man, or a
woman. To force someone to endure pain or humiliation without being
able to defend himself is one of the manifestations of absolute
control, but it is by no means the only one. The person who has
complete control over another living being, makes this being into his
thing, his property, while he becomes the other being's god. Sometimes
the control can even be helpful, and in that ease we might speak of a
benevolent sadism, such as one finds in instances where one person
rules another for the other's own good, and in fact furthers him in
many ways, except that he keeps him in bondage. But most sadism is
malevolent. Complete control over another human being means crippling
him, choking him, thwarting him. Such control can have all forms and
Albert Camus's play, ~Caligula~, provides an example of an extreme
type of sadistic control which amounts to a desire for omnipotence.
We see how Caligula, brought by circumstances to a position of
unlimited power, gets ever-more deeply involved in the craving for
power. He sleeps with the wives of the senators and enjoys their
humiliation when they have to act like admiring and fawning friends.
He kills some of them, and those that remain still have to smile and
joke. But even all this power does not satisfy him; he wants absolute
power, he wants the impossible. As Camus has him say, "I want the
It is easy enough to say that Caligula is mad, but his madness is a
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