In several recent discussions, I’ve seen the seemingly odd suggestion from Scientologists, that Scientologists should apply the Doubt Formula as regards the Church of Scientology.
And you have to be asking, WTF? Why would a Scientologist suggest that other Scientologists apply the Doubt Formula? Wouldn’t that result in the Scientologist leaving?
And this leads to related questions on the basic idea of using Scientology “solutions” to solve problems with the Church of Scientology.
Things like writing reports about problems and sending them “up lines” to Scientology management.
Things like seeing the Ethics Officer, or applying conditions.
Each of these Scientology “solutions” is perfectly acceptable to the Church of Scientology and its representatives (and trolls).
The answer as to why these are acceptable should be obvious, but if I left it at that, I’d leave this article a bit short.
The church thinks these are acceptable “solutions” because they are part of the mechanisms that keep Scientologists in line and well-behaved. They are not actual solutions.
It doesn’t take long to figure that out, but this fact is mostly hidden from Scientologists.
Let’s take a look at a few of these “solutions”.
Report any problems “up lines” to management!
What? This informs management and David Miscavige that the reporting party is a troublemaker. No, really. If the problems of Scientology are systemic, and they are, it is obvious that the source of the problems is at the top. Otherwise the problems would be localized — and eventually handled.
Woe betide the person who reports something about how Miscavige’s training now violates Hubbard’s policies — they will get declared. Woe betide the person who reports that the emphasis on money-money-money is ruining the church. You really don’t want to do that.
At best, someone will acknowledge they “received your report”. And that is it. Guess what? There is no one “up lines” posted to handle such reports! That post is empty. The only person posted is someone to do the “acknowledgements”, part-time. The International Base used to have over 1000 staff. Now there are around 300, with quite a few of those “off post, doing conditions”.
Will the problem get resolved? Magic 8 Ball says: “Don’t hold your breath”.
Talk to the Ethics Officer about it.
The Scientology Ethics Officer is the person in charge of handling the local troublemakers to get them back into the fold.
What do you think will happen? The person “with the problem” will be “handled”. That’s the deal. The squeaky wheel gets, um, “handled”.
Most likely the Scientologist will be assigned a lower condition, and supervised to ensure that they comply and, ultimately, stop complaining and start doing good Scientology things, like giving more money.
The “condition formulas” are designed to force the person back into agreement and compliance with Scientology. The “problem” the formulas are designed to handle is wayward Scientologists. More on this below.
But will the Ethics Officer solve the original problem? Nope. Not her job. Per Hubbard policy, reports get filed. Yep, that’s it, filed.
The Ethics Officer’s job is to handle the complainer, the troublemaker, so that the environment becomes “peaceful” again.
Talk to the Chaplain.
This is an especially delightful “solution”. The post of Chaplain in a Church of Scientology is never posted. Isn’t that the funniest thing? The one post in every Church of Scientology in the world that you can guarantee is never posted is Chaplain!
However, someone will “hold it from above” so the Scientologist can find someone to talk to.
And the power of the Chaplain to do anything? Zero. Another delightful irony, the post is one of the lowest in the entire organization. No power. So what is going to happen? Yes, nothing.
Apply the Doubt Formula.
We get back to this one. The Church of Scientology actually wants people who are wavering or have questions to apply this formula. Scientology trolls have said it should be done. They are all very, very certain that this “formula” will bring the wavering Scientologist back into obedience.
Why are they so sure?
Because the whole thing is designed to work that way. Let me explain. Yes, I’ve done this before, but, since I got such nice arguments from trolls, I figured it deserved more attention.
To recap, the Doubt Formula looks like this. L. Ron Hubbard wrote, in part:
When one cannot make up one’s mind as to an individual, a group, organization or project, a condition of Doubt exists.
- Inform oneself honestly of the actual intentions and activities of that group, project or organization, brushing aside all prejudice and rumor.
- Examine the statistics of the individual, group, project or organization.
- Evaluate oneself or one’s own group, project or organization as to intentions and objectives.
- Evaluate one’s own or one’s group, project or organization’s statistics.
(The missing parts say you have to choose, and uses a bunch of Scientologese to say it.)
Now, combine this with several pieces of very important information.
One is that the real, complete and raw statistics of the Church of Scientology are completely hidden and will not be shown to anyone. Ever.
Another is that the real activities, intentions and objective of the Church of Scientology are hidden and, again, will not be available to a Scientologist.
A third factor is that Scientologists, especially those applying this Doubt Formula, are forbidden to access any source of information that is at all negative about Scientology. Their only source is, and must always be, the Church of Scientology.
The last factor is that, in many, many writings and lectures, Hubbard says that the Church of Scientology is the only group working for good in the entire universe! And that they are opposed by a vast, evil, conspiracy!
Now, Scientologist, go and apply your Doubt Formula, OK?
It’s completely booby-trapped. If the Scientologist is still “following all the rules”, they cannot apply the formula. If they are still “following all the rules” they must come to the conclusion that all doubts are evil, all opposition to the church is evil. And they must come to the conclusion that they have been evil to have had any doubts.
And, ta dah! They are back in the fold.
It’s designed that way. This is not accidental, it is deliberate. And, yes, this is thought control
The real solution.
The basic concept here, which is so very important, is: If the problem is with Scientology, then using those “solutions” is pretty much guaranteed to be part of the problem.
You need to step outside the problem to see the truth, and see the solution.
And it is simple.
I trust people. I trust that people will recognize truth when they see it — if they are willing to see it. And I trust that people, when they have the truth, will do the right thing, whatever that is.
All you need to solve the problem is enough data. Step outside your preconceptions, step outside the control of those who are causing the problem, and look for the information you are missing.
And the information is abundant. I suggest they check out Recovering from Scientology — the sub-section titled Get more information has links to a lot of great sources for more information.
Scientologists don’t need the “Doubt Formula” or Ethics Officers or Chaplains. To solve their problems in Scientology, they just need the truth.