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What is disconnection?
A Scientologist can have trouble making spiritual progress in his auditing or training if he is connected to someone who is suppressive or who is antagonistic to Scientology or its tenets. All spiritual advancements gained from Scientology may well be lost because he is being invalidated by an antagonistic person. In order to resolve this, he either handles the other persons antagonism with true data about the Church, or as a last resort when all attempts to handle have failed, he disconnects from or stops communicating with the person.
The terms disconnect and handle, as defined by L. Ron Hubbard, mean:
The term handle mostly commonly means to smooth out a situation with another person by applying the technology of communication.
The term disconnection is defined as a self-determined decision made by an individual that he is not going to be connected to another. It is a severing of a communication line.
The basic principle of handle or disconnect exists in any group and ours is no different.
It is much like trying to deal with a criminal. If he will not handle, the society resorts to the only other solution: It disconnects the criminal from the society. In other words, they remove the guy from society and put him in a prison because he wont handle his problem or otherwise cease to commit criminal acts against others.
A person who disconnects is simply exercising his right to communicate or not to communicate with a particular person. This is one of the most fundamental rights of man. Communication, however, is a two-way flow, Mr. Hubbard pointed out. If one has the right to communicate, then one must also have the right to not receive communication from another. It is this latter corollary of the right to communicate that gives us our right to privacy.
With the technology of handle or disconnect, Scientologists are, in actual fact, doing nothing different than any society or group has done down through thousands of years.
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