The Machinery of the Mind (Italian edition)
Publisher: Bridge Publications
Date: January 2010
Duration: 0 hours 51 minutes
The Machinery of the Mind
If you were going to put some life back into the society, if you were to put
the society back together again so that it did have some wish to survive,
if you were going to make life a little bit better, really all you'd have to do
would be to put Man a little more in control of his actions and reactions.
- L. Ron Hubbard
Everyone performs certain routine tasks automatically. Driving a car
would be awkward indeed if one had to think newly of every tiny
procedure. But what happens when someone puts a whole field of
thought and action "on automatic"? His education, for example? Or his work?
Or even his entire life?
The answers are here and they open a completely new perspective on the mind.
To the degree an individual has withdrawn from participation in an area of life,
he substitutes an automatic mental mechanism for himself. Here, then, are these
mental mechanisms and exactly how they undermine an individual's power of
decision. Toward returning him that power, Ron details how they can be recognized
in a person's thoughts, acts and conversation, and thus detected in both oneself and
others. And that is a crucial ability. For just as a real machine can spring free of its
operator and start running out of control, so can mental mechanisms. When that
happens-beware! For, by controlling entire behavior patterns, the "machines"
can actually deprive an individual of the ability to think and act for himself,
without his even suspecting it.
Fortunately, there is a remedy and it lies in what Ron calls "the very
central pin of existence," which every living being possesses and no mental
mechanism can withstand. Thus one can gain control of the machinery of
the mind and, by so doing, actually take charge of one's own life.