(From the "How To Present Scientology To The World" cassette series)

(A lecture given on 8 November 1956 by L. Ron Hubbard)


Now, you look at these numbers up on these letters and you have,
actually, the total concept of organization normally existing,
plus one thing, a command chart. No service, no electrical
company's office, nobody, should be without one of these command
charts. I'll show you what they look like. They're square -- I
mean, an oblong, a rectohedron or something, because everybody on
them at the top is pretty thick. And you have written across the
top here, it says Board of Directors, or Joint Chiefs of Staff,
or it says something at the top here. It's very impressive.
That's in bigger letters, see? And then you have two little
dingle-dangles that drop down from this and other signs are
appended to that. And one of them says Secretary of Navy, and the
other one says the War Department or something. And then this
dingle-dangles down into, well, other boards, you see: Bureau of
Naval Personnel, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff, so
forth. And this dingle-dangles down to another thing that says
Regiments or something, you see, Fleets or something like that.
And then this goes down to Commanding Officers Of. You got that.
That's pretty smart. And then this goes down to Officers Of, and
this goes down to Petty Officers Of, and this goes down to the
army and the navy, see -- rank and file, see?

That's how they do this. That's how they do this. And you've got
this beautiful... You know, it's... well, it's beautiful! You
never saw the like of these things. They're pretty. You know,
they're usually done on mahogany, Philippine mahogany, something
like that, you see them. Or they're done in great things: you
open up a manual and you keep unfolding, and you unfold them down
like this, and you fold them up like this, and there it says
across the top Joint Chiefs of Staff, see? Boy, is that... Tsk!
That's it! We've got something here. We know who's boss around
here. Obvious, it's the Joint Chiefs of Staff; they're boss.

A private wants to go on leave, he knows where he is supposed to
go. He isn't supposed to go up there at all; that's too high for
him. He's supposed to go see these people right above him, see --
his petty officers. And the petty officers, they're supposed to
go see the officer. The officer is supposed to go see the
commanding officer. The commanding officer is supposed to go see
the Fleet. And the Fleet is supposed to go see the Chief of Naval
Operations. Chief of Naval Operations is supposed to go over here
to the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Navy is
supposed to go over here to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. You see,
that's the way it goes. Got it? Yeah. And then they say whether
or not he can have some leave.

Now... All right. Now, they forward this back, see, and it goes
like this: the Joint Chiefs of Staff up here, and then it goes
down to the Navy Department here, and then it of course goes over
to the Chief of Naval Operations, then it goes over here to
Fleet, and that goes down here to captains, and the captains go
to the officers, and the officers go to petty officers, and they
get down to the man, and he knows he can't have any leave. See,
it's simple! See, the whole thing works out. It's obvious, this
whole thing works out.

You think I was just indulging in some mockery, something like
that, but I wasn't; that's a command chart. It says who's boss.
And if you didn't have one of those things the whole place would
go to pieces, you know that! Nobody would know who to salute.
Nobody would know who to send the paychecks to, for whom to...
Well, nobody would know! That's all. You see? I mean, you'd just
be lost, and maybe it'd be a good thing.

Because the only thing difficult with this command chart is the
moment the guns start going, the little dingle-dangles vanish.
They just go missing. See, they... Before the first sentry takes
off -- before the first sentry takes off not to confront the
enemy -- these things disappear amongst the boxes. So you have
Joint Chiefs of Staff standing in the -- well, they never stand
in a first line -- but you have Joint Chiefs of Staff, or
something, sitting someplace else. They're not any longer on the
chart. I know; I've looked on the chart. You have troops down at
the bottom of one of these command charts. You can talk to one of
these charts by the hour and it won't shoot. Won't do a thing.

And I've been in the interesting position of sending a message up
through one of those things for a very important piece of
information that should have gone right on up to the top, since I
was operating a comm center. It was very interesting. Just as in
any company or something, somebody says, "A machine is broken
down. All production will now be delayed for the next ninety
days." He'd want to report that, you know. He'd think it'd be a
good thing. Somebody up at the top is liable to notice the whole
factory isn't running or something.

And so I tried to report this through one of these chains of
command, and I found out that I was really getting there. Only
they knew that that particular post and area had been wiped out
and taken a long time before, so they never bothered to answer. I
asked some chaps right here in Washington, I said, "Why didn't
you ever reply to those despatches? What was the matter?"

He says, "Well, you were wiped out a long time before that."

And I says, "I was!" It was obvious. It was right there on his
chart that those command channels didn't any longer exist.

Well, the very funny part of it is, the moment that action was
engaged, why, one found himself finally doing what I did: I
picked up a telephone, called the Secretary of Navy. See, and I
said, "I'm tired of this place. I'd like to leave."

And he said, "Yeah."

I said, "Yeah, I've got some important despatches. As a matter of
fact, we've got enough despatches here to practically sink the
Japanese navy if they had to carry them. There's a lot of traffic
and stuff like that, and so forth."

So he sent his plane down and picked me up and flew me home. You
think I'm just talking through my hat but that is exactly what
happened. Everybody knew the phone systems were out, and
everybody knew the command chart didn't exist anymore, so it was
very easy to pick up a receiver and say, "Give me Washington."
They wanted to know Washington where. I said, "Washington, DC." I
said, "Give me the Secretary of Navy." I couldn't think of
anybody else. That's quite a phone call from down in the South
Pacific through, and you just think that doesn't exist.



(Excerpt from "The Definition of Organization, Part I" lecture by L. Ron Hubbard, 8-Nov-1956)