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Why it’s Important to be High on the Tone Scale

In having a look through Science of Survival (arguably one of my favourites of all of the Dianetics & Scientology Basics), it hit me again how utterly important it is for one, as an individual, to be high on the tone scale.

Now, first off, if you’re reading this and don’t know what the Tone Scale is, you should watch this video from the Scientology Video Channel. It pretty well explains the basics of this.

My point in this, though, and realization from a review of Science of Survival, is really how important it is from the aspect of one’s worth to others and to society, to be high on the tone scale.

See, the tone scale is not just an index of how happy you are. If you study the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, which the Science of Survival book takes up in great detail, you’ll see that when someone is high on the tone scale, they are also much more trustworthy, much more productive, get more done, have better relationships, do what they say they’re going to do, relay communication appropriately instead of twisting it, are generally more helpful and great people to have around.

For the last 15 years of my life, I’ve been a technician and System Administrator by trade, stopping only to be a mountain biker, a white-men-can-jump evangelist, a soccer junkie, and a husband.

Now, a system administrator, really, is one who basically make stuff work and keeps stuff working – to tear it all down to a simplicity. He’s supposed to be able to figure out anything, fix anything, keep everything working all the time, and answer the most preposterous questions posed by end-users. People try to tell me tech support jokes about the “my cupholder is broken” and “I can’t find the ‘any’ key” type of thing and so forth, but I have had way worse stories first-hand.

But taking just a simple system administrator function, and plot such a person on the tone scale. If you had someone who was at 1.1 (covert hostility) on the tone scale as your system administrator, per the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, you would have an utter disaster on your hands. You’d have someone who used their administrator access to run a porno web server on company equipment, someone who would say they fixed something and actually didn’t, someone who would get a beep in the middle of the night that a server was down and then have no faintest responsibility to actually get up and handle it, and someone who would covertly be setting the entire system up to fail in a catestrophic atomic meltdown while saying he was achieving the ultimate in redundancy.

Given a worthwhile cause he’s supporting, a system administrator could be facilitating the communications and speed of interaction of an entire organization, quadrupling their productivity and making them all able to work trouble free in total harmony and coordination.

However, only someone who was an opposite of the aforementioned 1.1 would be able to achieve such a thing.

Impinged-upon constantly as a Sys Admin is by broken machinery, frustrated users, budget constraints, and the crap that’s all over the Internet, it’s easy to get enturbulated and plummet down the tone scale.

That’s precisely why it’s important for even the System Administrator – as detached as it may seem from study in a religious field — to get himself a study of the Scientology Basics, and then sit down and get enough Dianetics Auditing to raise himself up the tone scale to a place where he can achieve the purpose of his job.

Time for some Exercise

Science of Survival by L. Ron Hubbard

Science of Survival by L. Ron Hubbard

My wife was telling me the other day that she was a bit beat-up and needed to sleep. Usually the most smiley and chipper of people, she hadn’t had the most fantastic day.  Well, for her, it might have something to do with the fact that she’s 8 months pregnant.  But I was tuckered too.   Why?  I hadn’t been exerting myself much, I had no real reason to be tired.  But then again, that in itself may be part of the key right there.

But, in reading my Science of Survival tonight, I came across this, on page 221. (This, by the way, is from where L. Ron Hubbard is talking about a change of environment as being one of the valid therapies to raise one on the tone scale)

“A special part of environmental change would be changes in health by reason of nutrition or better living conditions.”

“Good physical exercise can, by itself, markedly increase the individual’s position on the Tone Scale.”

Now, obviously exercise isn’t the whole answer to raising one on the tone scale, or else physically-fit Southern California would be the least abberated place on the planet! (Argh! It’s not!) But, like any valid therapy, one has to be smart and apply what’s right for them. If someone is stuck in a nasty painful emotion engram from the death of the grandmother, the right thing is most likely just to get that person in session and get them some Dianetics.

But inmy case, right now we might just need to get out and get some exercise!