In a comment on my Scientologists: Can You Remove The “Cult” From Scientology? article, one commenter reminded me of one of Outside Scientology’s major mistakes. In my experience, all the True Believers who have left the Church of Scientology make this same mistake.
The commenter, Vertley, stated:
Seems that practically everyone makes the same mistake when calling Scientology a cult.
Below is the “admin why” and a more correct statement. When broadly grasped, this then will open the door for the necessary handlings.
“The Sea Organization: The current senior management group of the “church” lead by David Miscavige, is a rogue cult within Scientology. In every sense of the word and by any definition this group is a CULT. Public Scientologists and Staff Members not in the Sea Organization, are sort of “collateral damage” victims of the activities of this toxic cult group within Scientology and therefore exhibit cult symptoms even though they would argue vociferously to deny such.” Vertley
From the “The “WHY” For Scientology” article/project.
(To non-Scientologists: This use of “why” as a noun is from L. Ron Hubbard’s Data Evaluator’s Series and is basically defined as the true reason a “non-optimum” situation came to be. Part of the definition is that the “right Why” opens the door to a handling that reverts the non-optimum situation.)
Let me rephrase this as it appears in many of the Independent Scientology sites so it is clear what “non-optimum” situation we are talking about and what they claim is the source of all their problems:
The Church of Scientology is guilty of tremendous abuses, crimes, fraud and lies — but all of it is because of, and only because of David Miscavige.
It must be noted that the “Why” espoused in Vertley’s comment is not a good example of a “right Why”. It’s merely a description of the the existing scene, not the cause of it.
Going to Vertley’s website to investigate, I find that he has a “Who”. To no one’s surprise, Vertley has decided that the “Who” is “David Miscavige”. I’m sure he started his “analysis” with that “finding” already decided upon.
As with almost all Outside Scientologists, he has the wrong “Who” and the wrong “Why”.
Certainly, David Miscavige is a primary player in this drama, but Vertley, and other outside Scientologists aren’t even asking the right questions.
Consider what “handling” Vertley’s “Who” and “Why” leads to: “Remove David Miscavige from the organization”.
Yup, that’s it.
Now, you need to understand that David Miscavige has set things up, legally and organizationally, so that he cannot, ever be removed. Get it? Pretty much every Independent Scientology analysis comes up with David Miscavige as the “Who” and “Remove David Miscavige” as the “handling”. Just a little hint: An analysis with a “Who” you cannot touch and a “Handling” you cannot implement is, by definition, totally wrong.
Wrong “Who”. Wrong “Why”.
No, this “Why” is a justification for all the things that have gone so very, very wrong in Scientology — both inside and outside of the church. This bogus “Why” is Scientologists’ excuse as to why it isn’t their fault.
Let’s see how the data analysis could have gone a bit deeper:
- The situation is that David Miscavige is abusive, destructive and has been destroying the Church of Scientology.
- The earlier problem was that Miscavige was allowed to do it. He was allowed to take over the church. His sociopathic behavior was not a secret. It was well demonstrated before he came to power.
- Miscavige destroyed L. Ron Hubbard’s tech and Scientologists not only let him do it, they applauded him for doing so! Thousands of people worked to help Miscavige do it.
- Miscavige had and has no qualifications to lead Scientology, no training and no experience, yet no one stopped him. Many Scientologists followed him and helped him.
- Miscavige was abusive from the start and none of the senior Scientologists stopped him. In over thirty years, no Scientologist stopped him or stopped his abuses. Many Scientologists started emulating the abusive Misavige.
- Only a few Scientologists stood up to him and they were destroyed — and other Scientologists helped Miscavige destroy them.
The “Why” is not that “David Miscavige came to power” or any other equally careless, cursory “reason why”.
Scientologists, you have to look deeper and look honestly or this “non-optimum situation” will come back again and again. Since you haven’t figured out the real reason David Miscavige came to power nor the real reason no one stopped him in over thirty years, you have no way to stop the next sociopath — or the next, or the next one after that. I’m talking about Scientology, inside or outside of the church.
As I said before, David Miscavige is a symptom of what is wrong in Scientology, not the cause of it.
Wrong “Who”. Wrong “Why”.
Here is a question that you need to investigate and answer honestly: “What, in Scientology, allowed a sociopath to gain power unopposed?” It was way too easy for him.
Here is another: “Why were and are Scientologists so lacking in responsibility?” They didn’t take responsibility earlier and they uniformly refuse to take responsibility now. The new motto for Scientology should be “It’s not my fault!“
You start talking about the problems of Scientology and Scientologists will unanimously point all their fingers at David Miscavige. We’re supposed to ignore all their actions and inactions for the last thirty years and just focus on Miscavige. Wrong! He is only one man. He needed a lot of people to follow him and a lot more to say nothing.
Which were you, dear Scientologist? Were you the one who applauded while your church was destroyed? Were you one of those who disconnected from your parents, your friends, your children? Did you help the church destroy innocent people? Or did you just turn away, hoping “things would get better” and didn’t say anything?
Were you the coward, or the enabler? How many of your principles did you fail to uphold? When did you decide it was too hard to be honest and decent? How did you help in the destruction of Scientology and your fellow Scientologists?
Don’t look too far for the “Who” in all this. Some day you might grow enough to take responsibility for what you have done, what all us Scientologists have done.
I don’t care much about the Church of Scientology, but what is important is all the people who have been harmed and destroyed — with your assistance, or at least your tacit approval.
Now, do you think you can find the right “Why”? One that doesn’t involve blaming David Miscavige for everything?
I doubt you can do it. Judging by the last thirty years, you have neither the courage, the honesty nor the decency to do it. As long as you keep insisting on the wrong “Who” and the wrong “Why” — excuses for why you’re not responsible — you will never be able to stop the inevitable destruction of Scientology.
The ball is, as it always has been, in your court.