There is scientology the belief system or applied philosophy and there is incorrect application in both tech and ethics.
Fundamental belief my friend - pleasure leads to survival, pain send you down to non survival.
The more wins, good things in life, good job, new house, new car etc the more pleasure you will have and you will go up the tone scale and be cheerful. and all this happens without ever picking up the cans. We both know this its quite obvious.
Some people want to be in the SO, thats where they get their wins, thats where they get pleasure and are cheerful.
Scientology in my opinion, correctly applied should increase a persons ability to do whatever they want to do, they get more pleasure, and they would therefore be cheerful.
Thank you for posting the situation of your friends. This should be something OSA is aware of. They should take a check on it as a bad indicator. Lets call it scientologists doing much worse in life than they would have done without having done scientology.
At the end of the day its up to your friends to take responsibility for themselves and improve their own situation as it is from now. They should take a tip from Astra and do something that will improve themselves and give them pleasure. Then they will come up tone and be more cheerful.
The question perhaps is not limited to your friend it is more general.
The question is who or what in scientology is creating things in such a way that is causing scientologists to go down tone?
Why would they do that?
Sorry if my post was glib and upset you.
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