Life is an interdependent, cooperative effort. Each and every living organism has a part to play in the Survival of other organisms.
When it comes to a thinking mind such as Man’s, the organism must be able to act independently for its own Survival and the Survival of others. In order to accomplish these Survivals, however, a mind has to be able to realize solutions which are optimum not only for self but for all other things concerned in its Survival.
— Self Analysis “Chapter Four”
On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth.
— New Slant on Life, chapter “Honest People Have Rights Too.”
Affinity is never identification, nor does it go quite so far as empathy. You remain very much yourself when you have affinity for something but you also feel the essence of the thing for which you have affinity. You remain yourself and, yet, you draw closer to the object for which you have affinity. It is not a binding quality.
There are no strings attached when affinity is given. To the receiver it carries no duties and no responsibilities. It is pure, easy and natural and flows out from you as easily as sunlight flows from the sun.
Now and then a thetan surprises himself half out of his own wits by failing to monitor his own ability. He does something fantastic, like picks an automobile up and turns it around, or does something you know? Just boom! You know? He’ll say, “What did I do that for?” He’s always able to do this, but he’s not willing to.
Well, “it’d spoil the game” is the motto of unwillingness. “It’d spoil the game.” Therefore, there must be some series of decisions in a preclear concerning the liabilities and consequences of the demonstration of ability which mount up to an unwillingness to demonstrate it along certain lines. And there’s another consideration that “it must appear difficult to others if one accomplishes something, since it is never appreciated unless it is difficult.”