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In Scientology, therefore, the human being is basically good, happy and integrated and the root of his unhappiness is found in engrams. Thus, the practice of auditing is propounded as the only suitable means of removing the individual’s engrams and enabling him to become a “Clear,” which is to say, returning him to his state as “basic individual.” Both terms mean: “the unaberrated self in complete integration and in a state of highest possible rationality; a Clear is one who has become the basic individual through auditing. ... The basic individual is invariably responsive in all the dynamics and is essentially ‘good.’ ...The virtues of the basic individual are innumerable. His intentional vices and destructive dramatizations are non-existent. He is cooperative, constructive and possessed of purpose. In short he is in close alignment with that ideal which mankind recognizes as an ideal. This is a necessary part of an auditor’s working knowledge, since deviations from it denote the existence of aberration, and such departures are unnatural and enforced and are no part of the self-determinism of the individual.” (Hubbard 1990:31-32)

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