The Silent Revolt
In The Way to Happiness, LRH says this about governments:
“Unscrupulous and evil men and groups can usurp the power of government and use it to their own ends…Opposition to such governments usually just brings on more violence. But one can raise his voice in caution when such abuses are abroad. And one need not actively support such a government; doing nothing illegal, it is yet possible, by simply withdrawing one’s cooperation, to bring about an eventual reform.”
Increasingly, Scientologists are simply and quietly withdrawing their support from the current Church of Scientology. I call it “the Silent Revolt.”
Many Scientologists are not in a position where they can speak out publicly. With family members in Scientology, children in the Sea Org, or business connections closely tied to the Church, they have to tread lightly. The Church can make things very unpleasant for those who dare to speak out.
But they can do what LRH suggests. They can simply stop going along with the abusive practices of the Church. They can simply withdraw their support.
Last week, a “mandatory” meeting was called of all OTs in the Los Angeles area, estimated at 800 to 1,000. 61 showed up. Increasingly. OTs are demonstrating their independence by not showing up when the Church “summons” them.
As Scientologists are not showing up when called, and are staying away from the Orgs in increasing numbers, reges have had to go out and find them. It was reported that one IAS reg showed up one weekend in the parking lot of a supermarket known to be frequented by Scientologists. As they were carrying their groceries to the car, the reg followed them and pitched them on why they had to contribute to the IAS now.
The Church also demands that every Scientologist buy the latest release, even if that release is 1000 lectures, costing over $7500.00. They do not see it as arrogant and pretentious that Scientologists be pressured and threatened to shell out that kind of money for a set of ACC lectures in today’s economy.
Word is that they are even marching straight into course rooms – during course hours – and interrupting students to insist they buy their ACC lectures. Last time I looked, “permitting persons to come into the course room and bother students for any reason” was listed as a High Crime.
And the result of all this high pressure? One Sea Org executive confided to an OT that there were only 200 sets sold and it was a “total flap.” Well, what did they expect?
Sea Org Members do not understand one thing – they are not “senior” to the public. They are not the bosses of every Scientologist and OT. They are not there to “issue orders” and “get compliance.” They are not there to threaten people. They are there to provide service.
David Miscavige only knows one way to rule, and that is by force and threat. In the early days of his regime, that behavior was buffered from the public by well-intentioned and strong staff members. Increasingly, however, staff have been so beaten down and so abused that they no longer protect the public from this kind of behavior. Now they forward it. The pressure from Miscavige now comes straight down and impacts directly on the public. Staff are threatened, abused and pressured, so now they threaten, abuse and pressure the public.
The difference is, public Scientologists and OTs are not “junior” to org staff and Sea Org Members. They don’t have to take it. They can simply refuse. They can walk off. They can stay away.
And that’s the Silent Revolt.