BLOW-OFFs – Uneasy lies the head with a guilty conscience.

You might wonder what all the ruckus and noise is about. Don’t wonder. What Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Tom DeVocht, Tiziano Lugli, Daniel Montalvo and others in their gang have in common is they are each and everyone a BLOW-OFF.

When people commit harmful criminal acts they just blow themselves right out the front, back and side doors and go a running.  They’re guaranteed to scream, holler and yell to the high heavens, justify their crimes and tell the most outrageous lies and give the most stupidest alibis. You can tell these blokes haven’t learned some of the most basic A, B, Cs of life. Too bad! I can see where they’re headed—Hotel Metal Bars.

For some peace of understanding, I quote some very revealing insight into the behavior of these screaming banshees and you can take it to the bank.


“Scientology technology recently has been extended to include the factual explanation of departures, sudden and relatively unexplained, from sessions, posts, jobs, locations and areas.

“This is one of the things Man thought he knew all about and therefore never bothered to investigate. Yet this, amongst all other things, gave him the most trouble. Man had it all explained to his own satisfaction and yet his explanation did not cut down the amount of trouble which came from the feeling of “having to leave.”

“For instance, Man has been frantic about the high divorce rate, about the high job turnover in plants, about labor unrest and many other items all stemming from the same source — sudden departures or gradual departures.

“We have the view of a person who has a good job, who probably won’t get a better one, suddenly deciding to leave, and going. We have the view of a wife, with a perfectly good husband and family, up and leaving it all. We see a husband, with a pretty and attractive wife, breaking up the affinity and departing.

“…Man explained this to himself by saying that things were done to him which he would not tolerate and therefore he had to leave. But if this were the explanation, all Man would have to do would be to make working conditions, marital relationships, jobs, courses and sessions all very excellent and the problem would be solved. But on the contrary, a close examination of working conditions and marital relationships demonstrates that improvement of conditions often worsens the amount of blow-off, as one could call this phenomenon. Probably the finest working conditions in the world were achieved by Mr. Hershey (of chocolate bar fame) for his plant workers. Yet they revolted and even shot at him. This, in its turn, led to an industrial philosophy that the worse workers were treated, the more willing they were to stay — which in itself is as untrue as the better they are treated, the faster they blow-off.

“One can treat people so well that they grow ashamed of themselves (knowing they don’t deserve it) that a blow-off is precipitated. And certainly one can treat people so badly that they have no choice but to leave. But these are extreme conditions and in between these we have the majority of departures: The auditor is doing his best for the preclear and yet the preclear gets meaner and meaner and blows the session. The wife is doing her best to make a marriage and the husband wanders off on the trail of a tart. The manager is trying to keep things going and the worker leaves. These, the unexplained, disrupt organizations and lives and it’s time we understood them.


“That is the factual fact and the hardbound rule. A man with a clean heart can’t be hurt. The man or woman who must-must-must become a victim and depart is departing because of his or her own overts and withholds. It doesn’t matter whether the person is departing from a town or a job or a session. The cause is the same.

“Almost anyone, no matter his position, can remedy a situation, no matter what’s wrong, if he or she really wants to. When the person no longer wants to remedy it, his own overt acts and withholds against the others involved in the situation have lowered his own ability to be responsible for it. Therefore he or she does not remedy the situation. Departure is the only apparent answer. To justify the departure, the person blowing off dreams up things done to him in an effort to minimize the overt by degrading those it was done to. The mechanics involved are quite simple.

“It is an irresponsibility on our part, now that we know this, to permit this much irresponsibility. When a person threatens to leave a town, post, job, session or class, the only kind thing to do is to get off that person’s overt acts and withholds. To do less sends the person off with the feeling of being degraded and having been harmed.

“It is amazing what trivial overts will cause a person to blow….

“It is a rather noble commentary on Man that when a person finds himself, as he believes, incapable of restraining himself from injuring a benefactor, he will defend the benefactor by leaving. This is the real source of the blow-off. If we were to better a person’s working conditions in this light, we would see that we have simply magnified his overt acts and made it a certain fact that he would leave,,,.

“…The person is blowing himself off with his own overts and withholds. If these are not removed, then anything the organization or its people do to him goes in like a javelin and leaves him with a dark area in his life and a rotten taste in his mouth. Further, he goes around spouting lies about the organization and its related personnel. And every lie he utters makes him just that much sicker.

“…I assure you (and with some sorrow) people have not often recovered from overts against Scientology, its organizations and related persons. They don’t recover because they know in their hearts, even while they lie, that they are wronging people who have done and are doing enormous amounts of good in the world and who definitely do not deserve libel and slander. Literally, it kills them….

“The only evil thing we are doing is to be good, if that makes sense to you. For by being good, things done to us out of carelessness or viciousness are all out of proportion to the evil done to others. This often applies to people who are not Scientologists.

“Uneasy lies the head that has a bad conscience….”

(Excerpted from Hubbard Communications Bulletin of 31 December 1959, BLOW-OFFS by L. Ron Hubbard)