Scientology, and especially the Church of Scientology, is a closed system. Think of it as a steel bubble. The “bubble” is, essentially, everything that L. Ron Hubbard said, wrote or demonstrated. Everything that Hubbard “created” is included in that bubble, but nothing from the outside world is permitted in. It is very much a closed system.
And there is no allowed procedure or method for correcting Scientology. In fact, “correction” of the actual technology of Scientology is strictly forbidden. Since it is postulated to be “perfect”, any alteration is considered a corruption.
As covered in Using Scientology to Solve Scientology’s Problems, all of the “solutions” to problems in Scientology are directed at “handling” the Scientologist. As the technology is asserted to be “perfect”, all problems must be with the Scientologist. All doubts are wrong. All questions are answered within Scientology. All solutions are Scientological.
There is no procedure, method or formula for correcting Scientology itself. There is no way to correct Scientology leadership. There is no method of detecting when the actual technology of Scientology has failed. And there is no monitoring to locate when Scientology leadership has failed.
Because perfection is assumed, because Hubbard declared himself and his technology so, there is not and can never be any assumption of error.
But the technology has failed. Even Scientologists can see this, though they don’t necessarily recognize the cause and effect: Fewer and fewer Scientologists are making progress “up the Bridge”. More and more are stuck somewhere. More and more are in trouble. And those that do “make progress” find that nothing happened!
The “releases” end up without the promised “new abilities”. “Clears” end up without any of Hubbard’s promised abilities. The “OTs” look, feel and act just as they did before any of this stuff.
The technology has failed.
And the church’s leadership has failed. Again, even Scientologists can see this, even if they don’t admit it. Scientology groups are disappearing, churches are closing, recruitment of new members has dried up. Attacks, protests, legal problems, lawsuits, bad press, leaked documents, laughter are increasing. Scientologists are leaving.
Big projects are announced. Big expansion plans are presented. Big “wins” are shown. But months and years pass and nothing happens. Again and again, the big projects are quietly abandoned. Again and again, plans are silently scrapped. New Scientology buildings stand as empty monuments to those failed plans and programs.
Scientology leadership has failed.
But, since there is no method for detecting or correcting the failures of Scientology’s technology and there is no method for detecting or correcting Scientology’s leadership, the situation can never be fixed.
Even if Scientologists did want to correct the technology, they will never be permitted to do so. It would be considered “squirrelling” (altering the tech). No matter how much the technology fails, it must never be altered.
Even if Scientologists did want to correct or replace Scientology’s leadership, they would never be permitted to do so. It would be considered an “enemy action” and they would be stopped. They would be expelled.
And, of course, no one from outside the Scientology bubble would be permitted to affect any changes. That would be completely impossible.
And so, for these reasons, the Church of Scientology cannot ever be corrected.
But it can get worse.
David Miscavige keeps on “improving” the Scientology technology, Scientology’s books and Scientology’s administration. Each change makes things worse: More Scientologists stuck or in trouble, more failures, more collapse.
Like any completely closed system, it can and will only get worse. While it remains completely closed, its problems, and its corruption will increase. And increase. One can see that this has been, and will continue to be, a geometric progression — not only will the problems continue to increase, but the rate of increase will accelerate.
As bad as it is now for the church, it will only get worse.
Is there a solution? Is there a way out for Scientology? Not the way it is constituted. Because the bubble-factor and the assertion of “perfection” is built into the very foundation of Scientology, correction of the church is, and will always be, impossible.