Thanks so much for taking the time to write this amazing journey in such a clear, compelling narrative!
Jeff, I hope you have a publisher!
The idea of 'nothing left to lose' is (also) what gave me the strength to 'look' at the reality of scientology. I checked out the internet and soon knew that I had spent my last 30 years in a cult/scam. The dominos fell very quickly. It's very hard to watch the people you love remain behind, brainwashed, berated, controlled and not willing or able to hear what you now know is the real truth about scientology.
Well said, Salino. I'm glad you're out.
Green Unicorn wrote:
I saw two people threatened with excommunication in the early 80's after blowing. The threat was enough. I recall one of these people scrunched up in a corner on the floor, sobbing his heart out and begging for another chance. That scene is seared into my memory.
As the Anons say: THIS
But the only way IMHO that the CoS could have reformed would have been if tech had changed. The Fair Game and Disconnection policies would have had to go, as well as the hard sell techniques. These things unfortunately are part of the heart and soul of Scientology, bound up with 'ethics' and income. You can't keep exploiting people if they're free to discuss the flaws of the religion/tech/business with others, and smorgasbord it as they see fit. Just my 2 cents.
But as fate would have it, Miscavige did his power push and took the C of S down it's current path to destruction.
When I left CoS my auditor said to me (paraphrasing): "If you believe that reforms are needed, don't leave the church; stay and work for the reforms." And I said to him: "There is no mechanism for reform. The entire deck is stacked against it. Reforms cannot come from within." I still believe this. I don't see DM's takeover as fate -- I see it as the logical progression of what LRH set in motion.
CoS was not designed to be run by compassionate people with humane intentions; it was designed to be run by a brutal, greedy, power-mad strongman. CoS and DM are exactly what Hubbard made them. IMO reforms will come only as a result of outside pressure, particularly from ex-Scientologists who tell their stories, as you are doing so effectively, Jeff.