“You think it’s bad to pretend to be something. Oh, you think that’s real bad to just pretend to be something, not really truly be it. Everybody sneers, you see, at something that’s only pretending to be something.
“The best a thetan can ever do is to try to be something or pretend he is or think he is something. A thetan never became a body. He will never be a body—not if he practices for eighty billion years will he ever be a body. But he can pass through a period, where he is pretending successfully to be a body.
“What determines this pretense of success? Do people believe he’s a body? Oh, they believe him, then he’s successful. That’s the only test.
“So have you ever been able, all the way down the track, to reach any ambition toward which you ever attained? No sir, because you could never be anything, you see? You couldn’t be anything, but you could only try to be convincing as something. And you knew that all the time. You knew that all the time. You knew you could never really be anything, but you could sure put up a good show.”