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« on: December 31, 2008, 07:36:27 AM »

"...Another in my series to bring more understanding of what makes
Scientologists think and act the way they do.

Every religion has its Big Reward for the faithful.

It's "Heaven", "Nirvana", "Paradise", "Valhalla" or something equally
wonderful, just for you after you've accomplished what that religion
says you're required to do and have "gone to your reward".

That's the carrot. It's what's promised to the faithful for following
orders. You follow their instructions now and you'll get the Big
Reward, later.

The stick is that they can deny you that reward. They have the power
to close the gates, kick you out, mark you as "bad", whatever. The
more you believe in the Big Reward, the more power they have over you,
because they can take it away.

That's the Big Penalty. Call it "Hell", "Tartarus" or something else.
Instead of all the good that will come to you in the Big Reward, it's
all pain, torture and suffering. It's a very big stick used to
threaten the faithful.

Do the Big Rewards and Big Penalties exist? No one has come back to
report, so they are unproven and unprovable, but all the True
Believers are betting, big time, that the Big Reward does exist, and
that they will get it; they picked the right religion!

Scientology is no different.

The Big Reward in Scientology is "OT", "Operating Thetan". This means
being able to operate without the body, able to create and destroy
matter, energy, space and time; free of all past pain and upset; at
cause.

Now, supposedly, this state is attainable right now. According to
Hubbard, you don't have to wait until you die to attain OT. Hubbard
claimed you could have it now.

Well, sort of "now". Hubbard announced that it was all within reach in
1954. No one had attained it (except Hubbard hinted that he, himself,
was pretty advanced) but it was just around the corner.

And the years passed, and many people paid a lot of money to move up
the ever-extending "Bridge to Total Freedom". And, always, the "true"
OT was always further away, above the top of "The Bridge", not yet
available, but there, oh, yes! It was just there, waiting!

Now, all Scientologists believe this. Devoutly. Absolutely. And they
want OT. More than anything.

And this colors what Scientologists do, and it colors everything that
the church says and does. The church must always slant things and spin
things to keep that dream alive. Obviously, they're not actually
delivering "OT", so they have to do everything to make it seem like it
is possible.

One of these tricks is that the OT Levels are highly, highly
confidential -- well, they used to be. They still are for most
Scientologists (since they can't look on the Internet). The story told
to Scientologists is that just reading these confidential materials
will make your head explode (or something). See? They are that
powerful. The fact that millions of "unprepared" people have read
these materials without any harmful effects is a fact that must be
kept from Scientologists. Scientologists must continue to believe in
the sheer, awesome power of these documents.

In addition, those who have completed these OT levels must never talk
about them except in the most vague terms. This keeps the mystique
alive.

The fact that Hubbard died in hiding, on the run from the law, the
fact that the last years of his life were spent sick and in pain,
these details must never be known by any Scientologist. The story they
were told is that Hubbard was far, far advanced and "dropped the body"
to do further research as an OT. The true facts of Hubbard's death
completely invalidate the myth that he had mapped out any road to
"true OT" and invalidate the myth that he actually was one of the true
OTs. These facts must never be known.

The statistics of the Church of Scientology also must never, ever be
known by Scientologists. The myth is the the "mighty church, lead by
advanced OTs" is booming as never before. It is doing fantastic and
very OT things! At least that's what Miscavige says at his events. The
facts that the church is collapsing, closing churches, losing money
and in trouble all over the world must never be told. You see, the
failure of top management clearly says that OT does not exist. If
"true OTs" could be made, the church sure could use a few!

The Church of Scientology loves to talk about the Big, Evil, Powerful
Conspiracy that fights them at every turn. It's the reason why all the
super-powerful OTs don't seem to be able to make much of an impact on
the world. They would, of course, but there's this very powerful batch
of Kryptonite over here ... Of course, there is no such conspiracy,
but, the church needs yet another excuse for all of its failures. If
there was no super-powerful conspiracy, then -- where are the OTs?

The church scrambles all the time to suppress anything that shows that
Hubbard, Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are just regular,
flawed, un-powered folk. It is a tough job, given all the mistakes
Hubbard made, and all the goof-ups Miscavige is making.

However, for the True Believers, the myth is alive and real. The
carrot is there, dangling a few inches from their fingers. The Church
of Scientology keeps them all in line, blind to reality, by wielding
their stick, the Big Penalty of Suppressive declare, disconnection,
fair game. The Big Penalty is no Scientology, forever!

And Scientologists think:
So what if I have to pay and pay and pay? "True OT" is beyond any
price.

So what if the church demands more and more of my time? So what if the
church insists that I cut off all connection with friends and family?
"True OT" is more important than my immediate concerns. It's my
salvation for eternity!

So what if Miscavige beats people, locks people up in RPFs, and makes
staff members work 20 hours a day for years? Making "true OT" a
reality is worth any sacrifice!
And so it goes: Scientologists giving up everything, tolerating
anything, sacrificing all, just so they don't lose their place in line
for "true OT" when it becomes available.

And now you know the state of mind of a Scientologist. This is what
they believe and this is why they so desperately toe the line, shut
their eyes and ears, and pay and pay. They believe that, in the end,
they will get the Big Reward: "True OT".

Even when Scientologists finally leave, many feel a terrible loss --
they will never go OT. Even when they know that it was all fake, they
still feel the loss. It was a dream.

And, when Scientologists finally leave, they understand the depth of
the betrayal by Hubbard and Miscavige. Those at the top of the church
know that they can't ever deliver "OT". There is no way that Miscavige
can pretend he doesn't know this. He has been faking everything to
pretend that there was such a thing as OT so he could stay in charge
and keep milking money from the marks.

"OT, it's just out of reach. There! Can't you see it? Trust us,
believe us, and keep sending money ... or else!"

And that is why Scientologists are so annoying, and yet they are to be
pitied."

Posted by Just Bill

http://askthescientologist.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html
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