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.