First of all, welcome to those of you visiting from The Underground Bunker. Tony referred to me in today’s posts as an Indie who would criticize him for referring to R2-45.
R2-45, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, is a joke Hubbard put into Route 2, which is a series of processes described in the book “Creation of Human Ability.” This book was published in 1954. The Route 2 processes are usually a set of questions the practitioner asks the recipient of the session. For example, the entry for R2-44 is called “Must and Must Not Happen” and the entry for it describes the theory behind the process, and the commands themselves – which are “Tell me some things you wouldn’t want to happen again.” and “Tell me some things that you would like to have happen again.” Pretty benign, no? The entries for each process are anywhere from a paragraph or two to several pages long, depending on the process.
The entry for R2-45 reads as follows:
“R2-45: An enormously effective process for exteriorization but its use is frowned upon by this society at this time.”
And that is all it says. It is a cussing joke. And – one is left to imply that “45” refers to a pistol – but nowhere anywhere is the actually said, because Hubbard figured most people would get the joke. Boy was he wrong.
Here we are sixty years later – get that – sixty years later – and Tony still refers to it as somehow a threat, when there is NO evidence of what it actually is, or that what people think it is actually happened! Of course it was a joke – just as of course he was referring to a .45 when in fact it was never actually mentioned.
People may not like the joke, but a joke it was.
There was a reference to R2-45 in an ethics order from 1968 in which one of the directives was that “any Sea Org member contacting any of them [the subjects of the Ethics Order] is to use Auditing Process R2-45.” As if that’s proof that Hubbard ordered people shot. Now, the lines before it mentioned that the subjects of the order are “enemies of mankind, the planet and all life” and that they are subject to “reverse processes” if they ever came into a Qual (Qualifications) division. The whole ethics order is over the top – and indicates to me that Ron was pissed at these people. Now here’s the deal: If the order was truly meant to be followed, it surely would have been followed, no? In other words, if Hubbard’s followers actually believed the order to literally mean shooting these people, don’t you think these people would have been shot?
The answer is no, because the whole thing is absurd! The reference to R2-45 was a joke, or more accurately, an indicator that Hubbard was extremely upset with the subjects of the order. Everyone who saw or read it in 1968 knew it. Every Scientologist knew it. But apparently today’s Scientology critics are unable to see this.
For those of you who must dive into this, here’s a list of various references to R2-45. Just remember that no one actually was shot. No one. Ever.