Splashing water on his face, he looked up over the marble sink. In the mirror he saw a haggard face and sunken eyes staring back at him. Tie loose around his neck, exhausted but too tense to think about sleeping, he wondered what he was going to do. Tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars depended on what he decided. If he picked wrongly, people would die. However, if he picked correctly people would still die.
It was a catch-22: If he acted forcefully he could upset that balance and potentially create negative international repercussions that would affect generations of humanity. However if he did nothing, he would sit with blood on his hands, the blood of innocent people. History would judge him a coward or a failure, if he was remembered at all.
What’s more, he would be crucified in the press no matter what he did.
This wasn’t how it was supposed to go! He was supposed to be able to make a change. In college and in his early political career he had it all planned out. It just seemed so different then.
To make matters worse, even if he did magically get through this unscathed, there would be a new potential cataclysm even worse than this right around the corner. Regardless of what legislation was enacted, the noose just drew tighter.
Welcome to the office of the President of the United States of America.
Every four years Americans gather in schools, libraries and community buildings to select the next Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces and Chief Executive of the most powerful nation the Earth has ever seen. Every four years, after the campaign trail is over and the November election results are in, the new President now has the responsibility of directing this most complex and powerful group.
And yet, what does this new Commander-in-Chief, Senior Economist and Chief Executive know about running such a group? What background or training does he have to prepare him for something like this? Was he trained in administration and organization? Perhaps he was an expert in management, with years of experience running multi-national corporations? Hopefully he at least went to school for military strategy and diplomacy, considering the fact that he is now going to have to direct the world’s most powerful military…
Alas, only very rarely has that ever been the case. Usually he is trained in law or was a mildly successful business person. Prior to becoming the President he was a professional politician and before that maybe ran a law firm if he was lucky. And the same goes for his most trusted advisors. These usually got their positions by being expert at one thing: being elected or appointed to office. Yet these are the leaders of the nation and thus, by extension, the world. They have to handle the most complex organizational situations ever faced by humanity. Are they equipped for it?
A mechanic learns to fix cars before he works in a garage; a surgeon studies for decades in order to pick up a scalpel. What training do our world leaders have? Yet their mistakes cost far more in terms of money and human lives than a mechanic or a surgeon, who at the most can only negatively affect a few people at a time.
Why is it that we have strict malpractice laws for medicine and create stringent licensing bodies to ensure proper practice of fields such as accounting or real estate, yet with reckless negligence we turn over the reins of our very lives to people who have little more training in the subjects of leadership or administration than we do? Maybe less!
Diplomacy, military strategy, economics, communications, commerce… these are all very exact technologies and have grave consequences if not handled correctly. Why the cavalier lack of attention to ensure that those who handle these for the entire planet are truly skilled professionals, as we do in every other field?
L. Ron Hubbard writes in an article of 1 September, 1973:
“The subject of administration is so poorly known because there is so little data. And because there is so little, the subject itself is not understood at all by the general population of the planet. Yet there are very few on the planet who are not the direct effect of administrators.”
And that is the crux of this situation. The reason constituents require no statistics or track record as an administrator, the reason voters require no training prior to selecting the leaders of nations is simply because the voting public are unaware that the technology of administration even exists as a subject in the first place.
And indeed until recently, it didn’t exist. Prior to the development of Hubbard Administrative Technology, administration and organization were a mishmash of theories, hope and isolated successful actions. Because there were no factual laws or axioms on which a subject could be built, no scientific subject existed. Worse yet, the subjects taught in MBA programs have become so riddled with false data and lies that even the brightest minds of the country operate on highly destructive principles as though they were totally normal. How else do you explain a national debt of nearly $17 trillion and a budget deficit of $830 billion per year? While there are many complex problems in running a government, this is still basic accounting. Are we really to believe that while corporations like Apple and Google sit there with billions in cash, while countries like China and Japan have trillions in foreign currency reserves, somehow all the economists, experts and MBAs in the U.S. Treasury department can’t figure out how to balance income and outgo? Seems unlikely.
Of course, there is the factor that all do not mean well. A small percentage of the population doesn’t want anyone to succeed and works hard to prevent it. Proposals of war as a solution to problems, such as events in the Middle East over the last few years are only likely to be suggested by this type. But that’s not who we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the majority who do, basically, mean well.
The life of any administrator, fraught with elusive dreams, ulcers, late nights and worries, is the life of a person without workable tech. It is the life of a dedicated person who, lacking any real tools, is yet faced with huge decisions that—while not always global in scope—still have profound effects on those around him.
In the same article referenced earlier, L. Ron Hubbard writes:
“The stark facts are these: One knows and handles administration, one produces, one exchanges OR one dies as far as this universe is concerned.
“That’s why you hear an administrator who means well for the group talking about PRODUCTION and EXCHANGE. That is why one never hears a politician who means ill for the group mention them.
“And that’s why the person who can use administration to bring about production and exchange is so highly paid by status and respect and why his group is so highly paid. He is dealing in SURVIVAL. And the skills he uses are well worth knowing and using.”
The problems of this world are not solved by ideology, rhetoric or politics. They are solved by steely-eyed application of practical administrative solutions. Yes, world hunger is real; people are starving as you read this article. Yes, the exigencies of crushing poverty deny millions basic human dignity and yes, something must be done about it. Terrorism, social decay and environmental destruction are all very real threats as well. However, few would voluntarily choose that these continue if it were left to them. Thus, it is not fundamentally a problem of motive; it is a problem of workable administrative technology. If our leaders actually KNEW what to do, they might have a chance of doing something about it.
Millions of lives hang in the balance, as well as the future of our very civilization. With Hubbard Administrative Technology we have something so precious that it has never before been seen in any previous culture—a means of ensuring civilization survives. We must insist that it gets learned and put to use in our homes, our communities, our companies and our nations.
Study and apply Hubbard Admin Tech as though your life depended on it. Because that might be a lot closer to the truth than any of us ever thought.