Someone told me E.J. put his page up, and I just had to pop back in briefly. While there are a bunch of issues I'd like to comment on, there is one particular issue I will. E.J. writes on http://bernie.cncfamily.com/scientology/ej_scn/cost.html "When critics quote their calculations of costs (usually inflated for dramatic effect)"
As far as I recall, I was the only person on this board to offer an estimation of costs up to OT VIII, so this looks like my ball. Specifically, I said in http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?t=4244
: "Total cost to OT VIII is subject to several variables. I did a conservative estimate from last year's official price list, and ended up at about $450,000 (with some package discounts, not including accomodation). Could be much less, could be much more, depending on your personal situation, whether you do any of the courses as CoS staff, etc. "
(Friday, November 30, 2001 - 06:59 pm) and "Number of hours of auditing required for audited levels are based on the estimates given in "What is Scientology?". An estimate of ten years total on OT7, which may be a bit high, but certainly not unrealistic. OTOH, no extra repairs included, just standard set-ups and OT eligibility as per WIS, and two intensives checkups per 6 months on Solo NOTs, which people have said were quite normal until very recently, when it may have been lowered a bit.
As I said, it's a very rough estimate. There are so many variables. But please, do make an estimate of your own. "
(Friday, November 30, 2001 - 09:49 pm)
E.J. did not offer any such estimate - at least not on this thread or on any other threads I have read (if you did, E.J., and I missed it, I apologize and please point it out to me)
What is overtly noticable about E.J.'s webpage about "The Cost of Freedom" is that the only actual price given is "a Scientology book for a couple of bucks"
Now, I'm personally not all that interested in the price issue. I do find it very sad when I talk to people who may have spent not only all their life savings but also gotten heavily into debt to pay for Scn services, and who are not comfortable with the situation. But it still is far from top of my list of things regarding the CoS that I disagree with. I have myself never asked for a refund or repayment from the CoS, nor sued them for damages or any such thing. So precisely because money is one of the issues where I'm probably less emotionally involved as regards the CoS, I think it's an excellent place for me to start commenting E.J.'s page.
Christmas and all, I'm not going to take this on right at this moment! My optimistic intention is still to eventually put up a webpage giving cost estimates for 4-5 hypothetical scenarios (for example: "goes up the Bridge wholly as staff", "does as much training as possible", "quick pc", "average pc" and "pc who needs some extra handlings" - it would be impossible to cover every variation, so the idea is rather to present a few possible cases to better illustrate how costs may vary. Suggestions welcome!) All of course with sources for the data noted, and all of my suppositions pointed out with my reasoning explained. Naturally also with a prominent link to E.J.'s page.
I would really appreciate feedback from those of you who are still, or were recently (within the last 2-3 years) involved in the CoS and may have information regarding prices and services that I can't find in written sources. When I'm back in the new year, I'll start a thread about it.
Unless of course E.J. by that time has already made some reasonable, honest and detailed estimates available, so I don't need to go to all that trouble. (Well, it is
Christmas soon and a girl can wish