When in doubt do the usual, the routine, the standard.
If your hat says recruit, recruit. Don’t do tool purchasing.
WHEN A POST DOES NOT DO ITS USUAL ACTIONS THESE BACKLOG AND APPEAR AS TRAFFIC AND DEMANDS.
Not doing the usual resulted in desperate solutions.
This is the way any post goes when it backlogs. It backlogs for lack of the usual. Then it goes into total desperation.
The way to get out of the mess is each day do a couple hours of the usual regardless of traffic and demands.
And surprise! One will dig out of it and get on top of it.
One has to know three facts:
The usual solution already exists. One has to find out or work out what it is.
Unusual actions will backlog one and if continued will drown one.
One can dig himself out if he spends some time each day getting the usual lined up and in.
One’s full hat usually contains the usual. A starter is to get the full hat and know it.
– L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 31 July 71 – The Usual
OEC Volume 0 – Page 67
The other evening, on a request, I said members of the company could do part-time study on the Dianetics Course. This became an absolute order, an arbitrary which was put in full force. Not only that, but nobody would handle it.
If anyone had bothered to trace the order that “all must study” they would have found it was a false arbitrary.
Almost every outness around is of this breed of arbitrary.
A group that insists on sitting in the glorious irresponsibility of orders and only orders will never develop into a true group.
If you want to get a real look at what you’re doing, ask yourself this question: Where do I get my orders from?
I get them from observation of the situation. And I give instructions based on a prediction of consequences.
Until you can do that you will feel harassed, ordered around and oppressed. Not because anybody is interested in oppressing anyone. Just because they try to make a safe environment, bump into people who haven’t observed or acted, and so issue orders.
– L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 22 May 69 – Orders Versus Arbitraries
OEC Volume 0 – Page 461
“Now, Logic 7 is self-explanatory. The introduction of an arbitrary. Any time you have to throw an arbitrary into a situation to make it work, you're going to have to have other arbitraries introduced in order to keep it resolved, and it'll just go more and more and more complex.
– L. Ron Hubbard, AP&A Tapes: The Logics