This man just paid how much and submitted to how many hours of Grade II coughing up how many O/Ws that are given to how many ethics and intel personnel and to how many execs in order to realize that no one could handle his interests for him like he can? Oh banalagedy.
Wow, Toronto gets a Grades Completion. The cult head must have calculated way back that publishing their members' photos hooks them in. And publishing their cult-edited success stories along with a pic sinks the hook in to a depth where it almost can't be removed or spat out.
Hubbard did it himself very early, announcing some clear or release. Even before that, I'm sure, he was getting success stories out of his followers, and success stories probably perform the same function, hooking the fish ever deeper. He gave Mary Sue her own magazine photo, but in the early publications there weren't, I think, individual photos.
We had "graduations" at the AO during the Hubbard era, but not the plaques and roses. Flag started with the roses at graduation in the early nineties, iirc. Then in 1995, when DM was getting ready to launch his Golden Age of Tech," graduation turned into orchestrated Grammy-like events.
I wonder if a psych or sociology study has been done of the effect of this kind of publicized association with a scam? The embarrassment that a photo-profiled Grades Completion must postulate when considering the reality that nothing happened and that Scientology doesn't work has to be unconfrontable.
I imagine that there are other current scams that use that concept, which seems to act as both carrot and stick. A photo in any magazine is a prize to almost any ego, but the pain when the sucker finds out he's been a sucker. The Internet publication of the cult's completion lists would also be a study. Do people stay in Scientology, rather than leave, when they know their comps list identifies them as Scientologists?
Probably "Volunteer Minister" photos would work similarly. It's nice to have your photo taken bringing order to chaos at emergencies, but what if the the people taking and using your photo are scammers or sociopaths? Will their publication of some VM's photo, and linking him clearly to heroism, work to keep him from confronting the scammers; who are, of course, his own scammers.
This poor lady's calm island of sanity in the chaos of her life was her auditing. That plus a rose has got to be worth $600/hour, especially during the holiday season.
Ron was moving his marks on up nine clear-cut states higher than Homo sapiens
in 1965. And they're still moving on up a little higher 45 years later. It isn't the whiff of freedom you get from Ron's crap.
Thrown in for DM's "racing pulse of discovery... as it unfolds."