The Only One
I don’t usually go to the official Church of Scientology website – why give them the stat? But after Karen pointed out that Tommy Davis has disappeared from all Church websites, I got curious (and let’s hope Tommy resurfaces outside the razor wire).
Sure enough, Tommy isn’t there. But guess what? Neither is anyone else. There is only one name of one real person on that entire site – you guessed it, David Miscavige.
Funny, they say they have “millions” of members, and “thousands” of staff and Sea Org Members. Too bad that none of them have actual names. And since they have a “Chairman of the Board” one might assume they have a “Board.” Well, none of them have names either, apparently.
I checked out the RTC site as well. Same thing. Only one name on the whole website. Again, David Miscavige.
Odd. Here’s this huge church (according to their claims), with thousands of organizations around the world, we are told, and a mammoth central management organization, we are told, yet only one name appears on any of their websites. One name. Unbelievable, when you think about it.
At the Freewinds Maiden Voyage, Miscavige used to shoot a joke video while he was there. Seriously, he would grab a camera crew and he and Norman and Marc Yager and Guillaume would goof off and make a comedy video. It was shown to the Scientologists on board on the last night – and never shown anywhere else. It was strictly frat-boy humor, usually heavy-handed and slapstick. They haven’t done it for years. But one year, Miscavige decided to make a video showing himself wearing all the hats aboard the ship. He would be at the helm, then would rush down to the engine room, then rush off and wash pots in the galley. He thought it was hilarious. It was one of the few that he showed to the Int Base – not for our entertainment, mind you, but to show us “what his life was like” because of all the hats dumped on his plate.
It wasn’t until much later that I realized he wants it that way.
That video wasn’t a complaint – it was his fantasy.
He wants to be a one man band, the guy who has to do everything. The one and only hero. He wants to be the Only One.
So he sacked every executive at the Int Base. Took them right off post. He did wholesale offloads from the Base, taking it from nearly 1000 staff to about 350 in just a few years.
And he’s done his best to get rid of anyone who could do anything better than he could, who was smarter than he was, who was more popular than he was. In other words, pretty much anyone.
He doesn’t want some other executive hogging the spotlight. He doesn’t want anyone else doing things for Scientology, making plans, writing programs, doing marketing, giving lectures. No, he’s got to be the Only One. His ideal of a Div 6 is a bunch of video flat screens. And on every one – his face.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t always that way in Scientology. There used to be names, lots of them. The magazines were full of them. People knew who the executives were. Top Sea Org Members were very well known. There were famous lecturers. Any old timer can verify that there were a lot of Scientologists who had actual names, who were known.
Not any more.
Now there’s only one name, seemingly, in all of Scientology. David Miscavige. Everyone else is a supernumerary.
And at the rate he’s getting rid of people, his fantasy may come true. Pretty soon he will be the Only One – the only one left in the Church.
And Sue Wilhere’s statement will at last come true: “David Miscavige is Scientology.”