The area below apathy is an area without pain, interest or anything else that matters to anyone. But it is an area of
A workman who is in very bad condition—and who is actually a liability to the organization—may not be capable of experiencing pain or any emotion on any subject. He is below apathy. We have seen workmen who would hurt their hand and “think nothing of it” and go right on working, even though their hand was very badly injured. People working in medical offices and hospitals in industrial areas, are quite amazed sometimes to discover how little attention some workmen pay to their own injuries. It is an ugly fact that people who pay no attention to their own injuries and who are not even feeling pain from those injuries are not and never will be, without some attention from a Scientologist, efficient people. They are liabilities to have around. They do not respond properly. If such a person is working a
Where there are accidents in industry, they stem from these people in the sub-apathy tone range. Where bad mistakes are made in offices which cost firms a great deal of money, lost time and cause other personnel difficulties, such mistakes are found rather uniformly to stem from these sub-apathy people. So do not think that one of these states of being unable to feel anything, of being numb, of being incapable of pain or joy is any use to anyone. It is not. A person who is in this condition cannot control things and, in actuality, is not “there” sufficiently to be controlled by anyone else and does strange and unpredictable things.
Just as a person can be
People can be chronically in grief, chronically in fear, chronically in anger or in antagonism or boredom or, actually, can be “stuck in enthusiasm.” A person who is truly able is normally fairly serene about things. He can, however, express other emotions and it is a mistake to believe that a total serenity is of any real value. When a situation which demands tears cannot be cried about, one is not in serenity as a chronic tone. Serenity can be mistaken rather easily for this sub-apathy, but of course only by a very untrained observer. One glance at the physical condition of the person is enough to differentiate: People who are in sub-apathy are normally quite ill.
On the level of each of the emotions, we have a communication factor. In sub-apathy, an individual is not really communicating at all. Some social response or training pattern or, as we say, “
There is also a level of
causing, involving or arising from a threat of danger, harm or other bad consequences.
a large machine used to lift and move heavy objects by means of a hook attached to cables suspended from a supporting, usually movable, beam.
long-lasting, said of an illness or condition that lasts over a long period.
in electricity, a complete route traveled by an electrical current and which carries out specific actions. In Scientology, the term is used to describe something in the mind acting as a circuit does, performing various functions, especially independently of the person’s own volition.
in a bad or poor condition or circumstance.
that which appears to be. Reality is fundamentally agreement; the degree of agreement reached by people. What we agree to be real is real.
love, liking or any other emotional attitude; the degree of liking. The basic definition of affinity is the consideration of distance, whether good or bad.
higher on the Tone Scale.
the actual physical objects, the things of life.
offered (as a threat).