Blog: The Illusion of Self-determinism in Scientology - 2017-04-22

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F376.png The Illusion of Self-determinism in Scientology April 22, 2017, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It

Self-determinism is a highly touted state of being in Scientology. Being self-determined is a goal of every Scientologist. "Other-determinedness": not good. Deciding for oneself: good.

"Self-determinism is that state of being wherein the individual can or cannot be controlled by his environment according to his own choice. In that state the individual has self-confidence in his control of the material universe and the organisms within it along every dynamic. He is confident about any and all abilities or talents he may possess. He is confident in his interpersonal relationships. He reasons but does not need to react." L. Ron Hubbard, Advanced Procedures and Axioms.

If self-determinism is good, pan-determinism is even better. Someone who is pan-determined is in control of not only his own life, but of all those in his universe. He has "the ability to regulate the considerations of two or more identities, whether or not opposed." LRH, Creation of Human Ability. A pan-determined person takes full responsibility for both sides of the game.