What’s wrong with a thetan1 is being a thetan, and he gets as right as you let him be something else. You increase his ability to be other things, to do, to have, to move, to compete, to participate, you’ve got it.
Now, if you have a law-enforcement agency around which is always telling people they’re not supposed to do, not supposed to act, not supposed to look, not supposed to do this, not supposed to do that, must go out of communication with this, mustn’t touch that — what’s the difference between “mustn’t touch” and “go out of communication with”? — and you go on with this, you know, you got this element in the society. And they say — if they just said that, everybody would ignore them. But if they put you in jail and beat you up and did all sorts of things to you if you touched certain things, they would inevitably react as a deteriorating factor in the society, because they are saying “Get out of the game. Get out of the game. Get out of the game.” And that is the common denominator of anything that’s wrong with a preclear.2