Bob Minton, frankly, is a good example of someone who posted bullshit and tried to pass it off as fact.
I also remember he used to write these long diatribes about Scientology and post them to ARS. It was very annoying to people who actually were exes to be lectured to by this guy who had never actually been in Scientology.
Was Minton lecturing to 'you' as an ex? ...or lecturing to a larger audience?
I've read a bit of what he wrote and don't remember finding him without an understanding of how a mind-control cult 'works'. I think anyone of above average intelligence could spend just a day with good sources on the subject and come away with a fair understanding.
The 'new' language/confusion/programming, isolation/disconnection, group dynamics/goals, subtle intimidation, hypnotic 'exercises'...but I'm not really educated on the subject.
Was Minton possibly guilty in some regards of 'talking down' to the people he wanted to help? You are really making a point to me here on this thread that you need to have been through the Scientology experience to relate with an Ex-Scientologist regarding the actual personal experience. I very
much agree if that is so.
A person needs to have been through
the Scientology experience to have actually 'felt' it, to speak about it in a first-hand way that only the initiated would know, ...but not to understand it I believe.
I have an exercise I've been doing for a quarter century. I 'meditate' myself into another person's perspective/being. Might be a girlfriend, relative, political leader, etc., I find it critical in my life to learn 'seeing' wearing another's 'shoes'.
I sometimes will read/view a post here wearing anothers 'shoes', ...it is how I choose to live and learn.
I've also 'meditated' myself into what I perceive as a Sea Org/Hubbard being.
I believe I have maybe touched upon the Scientologist 'high'. It is like the 'high' one feels when in the disassociative state, but in a more functional and permanent condition.
Am I way 'off-base' here?
Wasn't it a waking breathing living in a disassociative state created and maintained by the old man's 'tech'?
Keeping 'you' so wrapped-up tight you couldn't stop to think for yourself? The 'tech' designed to not allow for a person to think for themself? ...or the physical time to?
Leaving only the 'dream-mind' somewhat outside of Hubbard's control for which Hubbard's 'handling' of that inconvenience was to almost not address it at all, and when he did to discount it as nonsense and even called it 'treason'
in his poetry. That proved to me he was well aware of the 'dream-mind/being'.
Any 'sorcerer', good or bad, is well aware of the 'dream-being' and Hubbard has shown me he was very aware of that natural nemesis.
L o v e,