I do not and will never hate Scientologists. I was one. I think that most Scientologists are good people who have been trapped by their own desire to do good work and help others.
I will not attack Scientologists for practicing Scientology. That is their right. What a person believes is their business and no one else’s. Scientology, the belief system, should not be banned. Ideas cannot be erased and to try to do so only gives them more importance.
I just want to point out where Scientologists’ behavior varies significantly from what they say they advocate, especially Scientologists who have left the Church of Scientology.
First up, responsibility. Or, to be more precise, Scientologists’ universal refusal to take responsibility for what they have done.
Scientologists simply don’t take responsibility for their actions, or non-actions, in relation to Scientology. Ex-churchies inevitably blame David Miscavige for everything. It is his, and only his, fault that things are bad in the church.
Did they applaud when Miscavige changed everything? Yes they did. Did they hop right up and take the now-“corrupted” courses and buy the now-“corrupted” books? Yes they did. Did they pay lip-service to the “Keeping Scientology Working” policy while applauding every little thing that Miscavige did to subvert and violate that policy? Yes they did. Did they do anything to stop David Miscavige from taking over and destroying their church? Why, no, they didn’t.
I know that some Scientologists did refuse to go along with Miscavige’s crimes, lies and abuse but they were kicked out. And a vast majority of Scientologists whole-heartedly condemned the very people who were taking responsibility.
And now Scientologists blame Miscavige and only Miscavige for everything that they allowed to happen and even applauded.
No responsibility. None.
But wait, there’s more! We have, in the Independent Scientology community, certain executives who worked directly with and for David Miscavige. While they were “in favor” they supported, forwarded and emulated Miscavige’s corruption, crimes, lies and abuse. They were part of the machinery that corrupted the Scientology technology. They were part of the gang that beat up and mentally abused staff. They were part of the evil.
And, now, they are the biggest supporters of the “It’s all Miscavige, it’s only Miscavige, I’m not responsible at all!” propaganda.
In other words, those most responsible for supporting Miscavige, those most responsible for forwarding his corruption and his lies, those most responsible for the evil that they now condemn, are saying that, no, they “were not responsible at all!” Perhaps that’s no surprise, but it is very disappointing. I’d much rather hear, in detail, how they are taking full responsibility for their crimes, their abuse and their lies.
Yes, I know that some of these top executives have “admitted” to some bad acts but they still blame Miscavige for “making them do it”. It’s still no responsibility. They were in positions of power in Scientology and they used their power to help Miscavige do his evil deeds and they used their power to destroy those who tried to stop Miscavige — for years. They have much to answer for but, no, it’s “not their fault”.
It really annoys me that Scientologists emphatically will not take responsibility for what they have done or should have done. Truly, the dirtiest word in Scientology is “responsibility”.
Next up is confront. Scientologists cannot confront.
And this is also very annoying to me. Scientologists will brag about their confront. They have done the TRs Course and, boy, can they now confront!
But they can’t and they won’t.
If you try to discuss simple facts with a Scientologist, they plug their ears and go “La-la-la-la-la-la”, they delete your comments, they compile lists of websites they can’t look at, books they can’t read, newspapers they must not see, people they must never talk to and they generally run away.
They do not confront.
If you mention the simple fact that Scientology has never produced a single OT, they cannot hear you. They actually are aware that there are no OTs but they cannot confront that fact. The same goes for the non-existent abilities of Clear and the promised-but-missing abilities from the Grades.
The same goes for all their world-saving “solutions”. Their “solutions” have all failed in the real world, but those facts cannot, will not, be confronted.
These are simple facts. Every Scientologist knows these facts are true but they cannot confront them. Whenever I’ve mentioned some of these facts to a Scientologist, there is a deafening silence. No debate, no argument, just run-run away and never confront it.
And finally, justifications. In Scientology dogma, justifications are Bad. According to L. Ron Hubbard, when you have done something wrong, you will inevitably try to justify it in some way. Scientologists are supposed to recognize that, when you hear justifications, look for the harmful actions or neglect that preceeded it.
But all I hear from Scientologists are justifications. Scientologists are well-equipt with many “reasons why” things didn’t work out as promised. They can give you all the justificatons why those processes didn’t work, why these “solutions” never solved things, why those exhalted Scientologists were found to have committed massive fraud and why they ended up with their church destroyed.
And none of their justifications match reality or lead to any resolution. Here is where Scientologists’ refusal to take responsibility and their lack of confront come together to create the justifications why it isn’t their fault, it isn’t Scientology’s fault and it isn’t Hubbard’s fault. It is always someone else’s fault, someone else’s error or someone else’s “evil intentions”.
Scientologists’ solution to Scientology’s failings and broken promises is to justify, prevaricate and make up “reasons why” — but never to simply confront the facts, take responsibility and live with the truth. It’s hard work being a Scientologist.
I have no problem with Scientologists practicing Scientology and getting whatever gains they get from it. But they pretend to a reality that doesn’t exist because they cannot confront the reality that is. Yes, they can feel better. No, they cannot “go OT”.
Scientologists’ universal lack of responsibility and inability to confront annoys me a lot. You see, these are things that Scientologists are proud of: their superior responsibility and their powerful confront — and yet they have none. They don’t even try.
This is Scientology. Scientology isn’t what they say, it’s what Scientologists do. And the above is what Scientologists do.
If I were still a Scientologist, I’d be so ashamed.