It is quite interesting to me that Scientologists who are now waking up to the fact that David Miscavige has been doing bad things and is a liar, still believe almost everything Miscavige and the Church of Scientology had said in the past.
For instance, while finally seeing that David Miscavige has been corrupting and destroying Scientology, some Scientologists still believe that the criticisms and protests against the church are “unfounded”, “anti-religious” and “a conspiracy”. They believe that Anonymous is a “terrorist, hate group” in the pay of big drug companies. They believe that all critics are “suppressive persons”. They believe that the Freezone is filled with squirrels. They believe these things because David Miscavige said so.
You would think that, seeing with their own eyes some of the blatant and profound falsehoods that Miscavige has been spreading, Scientologists would automatically question everything the Church of Scientology has been claiming. Now, it isn’t necessarily that everything was lies, it is just that the source of all the church’s proclamations, David Miscavige, has been proven to be a destructive, corrupt, habitual liar – so, really, you have to be suspicious of everything Miscavige or the church has said.
You’d think so. But many Scientologists, while rejecting a few, isolated and obviously false statements by Miscavige, still accept, without question, just about everything else. This really doesn’t make any sense.
Well, the problem is that most Scientologists don’t realize what they are doing. They have been trained to always completely trust all information coming from the Church of Scientology leaders. Always. And they have been trained to always reject all negative information about Scientology coming from any source. Always.
This has become so automatic that it ends up operating below the conscious awareness for many Scientologists. They “know” something is true, but they don’t realize their only criteria for “truth” is that the source was the Church of Scientology. They also “know” that anything at all negative about Scientology “is false”, but they don’t realize their only criteria for that judgement is that the church said it was “false”. Even when a Scientologist sees and thinks negative things about Scientology, they still reject such negative information from elsewhere as “false”.
The simple concept that the Church of Scientology might be lying simply cannot be contemplated by true Scientologists. It isn’t that they considered it, evaluated it and rejected it; it is that they cannot even consider it.
And most don’t know they have this blind spot. They actually believe they are being intelligent, logical and observant. They will get quite upset with the idea that they are not in full command of their thoughts and conclusions.
This makes it difficult for these Scientologists to come to terms with, and effectively handle, what is and has been going on in their church and in the world. It is quite difficult to reconcile a church that is “always right” and “superior to the rest of the world” with the obvious and consistent failures Miscavige and the Church of Scientology have created.
So what to do? How does anyone talk to a Scientologist about this stuff? What does a Scientologist do to inform themselves? What is true? What are lies?
Simply listing list all the “facts” from Miscavige and the church that have been proven false, with all their associated links to documents, evidence and other proof simply does not work. Scientologists, after all, have been trained to automatically reject such information – Scientologists are probably not going to suddenly throw off all that Scientology training in a day.
But they will. Most Scientologists actually want to know the truth; the problem is that they are only used to accepting “truth” from the church. It will take awhile for Scientologists to break that habit.
I have one piece of advice for newly-awakened Scientologists. You do have one piece of information you can be sure of, because it is obvious now: David Miscavige is a liar and has been for decades. This is what you know. As for everything else, you can now find out for yourself.