One of the continuing mysteries about Scientology is the dogged persistence of some Scientologists, both inside and outside of the Church of Scientology, in their devotion to L. Ron Hubbard and to Scientology’s technology despite its almost complete lack of success.
It is no secret that there are no Scientology OTs. Even Scientologists are aware of this, though they prefer not to think of it at all.
It is no secret that today’s “Clear” does not match Hubbard’s definition of Clear from Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Unlike Hubbard’s original definition, today’s “Clear” doesn’t have any more powers or abilities than non-Scientologists (“wogs”).
And every Scientologist who has completed one of the Grades is very well aware that they do not have the promised Abilities Gained for their Grades as explicitly promised on Scientology’s Grade Chart.
Yet, some Scientologists doggedly maintain that “Scientology works!” despite its consistent lack of results and failed promises.
Why is that?
There are, in my opinion, a number of reasons. While individual reasons undoubtedly differ, I believe one or more of the following justifications is the primary reason they simply cannot let go.
- Investment. This can be a factor. Scientologists may invest hundreds of thousands of dollars and many years of their lives to Scientology. They may have sacrificed their family, their job, their property and their friends in support of Scientology. For some, it is extremely difficult to admit that they wasted so much on a scam. This leads us to:
- Reputation. A number of people have made a big deal about how wonderful Scientology was and how very, very superior they are because they are a Scientologist. Think of Tom Cruise as a good example of this. As a result, they cannot confront the massive embarrassment if they had to admit they were wrong. (It does not appear that Cruise has woken up yet, but this factor might deter him from saying anything when he does.)
- OT. Yes, despite the fact that none of Scientology’s OT Levels have ever produced a person with any “super powers”, some Scientologists still believe that some day, somehow, some Scientology technique will produce a “true OT” and they want to be there when it happens. Sixty years of failure hasn’t convinced them that this isn’t going to happen.
- Having all the answers. In my mind, this is one of the biggest reasons some Scientologists stick with Scientology despite everything. Those inside of Scientology have all the answers. In their minds, this statement isn’t hyperbole, it is the bare truth. According to Scientology they literally have the answers to everything: illness, insanity, war, crime, illiteracy, drug addiction, intelligence, failure, success, life, death, … any situation, any condition and every problem has been “solved” by L. Ron Hubbard. There are no more mysteries, there are no more problems that can’t be fixed. It is a feeling of tremendous power, certainty and superiority. Naturally, Scientologists cannot and must not check these “solutions” to see if they really do what Hubbard claimed, for, of course, they don’t.
To any Scientologist clinging to that failed technology because of one of these reasons: You are not alone. All of us ex-Scientologists have had to confront the fact that Scientology has not delivered on any of its promises. All of us had to confront the scary fact that, no, we don’t have all the answers. Many of us believed in Scientology long past the point when it should have been obvious, even to us true believers, that it was a fraud.
It may be difficult to admit you were conned, but that embarrassment passes quickly and, after that, you can live in honesty and truth. Trust me, the relief is incredible.