Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

The Second Dynamic


A very serious alteration in DM’s 2007 GOK book re-writes has come to my attention. I suppose the subject matter should come as no surprise. I worked very closely with the compilers of the 1998 edition of Introduction to Scientology Ethics. In that edition the definition of the Second Dynamic was as on-Source as could be. It read as follows:

“The SECOND DYNAMIC is CREATIVITY. Creativity is making things for the future and the second dynamic includes any creativity. The second dynamic contains the family unit and the rearing of children as well as anything that can be categorized as family activity. It also incidentally includes sex as a mechanism to compel future survival.”

Ironically, there has been some chatter in the field for years protesting that this very definition was an off-Source alteration.

In fact, that definition was the final word on the subject of the second dynamic by L Ron Hubbard. It was clearly stated in his writings concerning World Out of Comm (WOOC) Eval from which the Key To Life and Life Orientation Course were compiled.

It also happens to be consistent with LRH’s entire body of work. One can go back as far as Science of Survival to see that the second dynamic entails a higher form of creativity than merely sex. For instance, “At the highest MEST point of the Tone Scale, 4.0, one finds monogomy, constancy, a high enjoyment level and very moral reactions toward sex; but one also finds the sexual urge acting to create more than children, and so comes about a sublimation of sex into creative thought.”

I have had a good measure of success in helping couples improve their long term relationships by educating them on the fact  that there is something more purposeful and constructive to the Second Dynamic than merely the biological impulse to forward the species.

In fact, I was working with a person on the subject of Ethics when I discovered the fact DM had in effect cancelled CREATIVITY from the Second Dynamic. Here is his brave new definition in the 2007 GOK Introduction to Scientology Ethics book:

“The Second Dynamic is the urge toward existence as a sexual activity. This dynamic actually has two divisions. Second Dynamic (a) is the sexual act itself. And the Second Dynamic (b) is the family unit, including the rearing of children. This can be called the sex dynamic.”

For those who agree with DM and insist that the Second Dynamic is exclusively concerned with sex, it is entirely your right to abide by your chosen understanding. However, I invite you to do as Ron suggests and test what you learn for workability. Examine your dynamics and their interaction using both definitions. See for yourself which works best to align them toward your long-term goals and purposes. See which one forwards the survival and well-being of the greatest number of your dynamics.

Incidentally, before posting this I confirmed my suspicions, and recollections, with a number of people intimately involved with LRH tech compilations, including the compilation of the 1998 Ethics book, Key To Life, and Life Orientation Course.