I am faced with an enigma. Would you help me solve it?
- I have been involved in Scientology since 1984. I did all the available spiritual levels delivered by the Church – up and including OT 8. And I have gotten personal gains from every level, every service. I left the Church in 2009 for reasons well known, but my personal experiences in Scientology has been very beneficial. I have personally witnessed many people having gotten personal gains from Scientology.
- When I sit back and look at the products or results produced through Scientology, I see a lousy scene. I see an over-representation of struggling or even failing people, and of outlandish people with wild conspiracy theories. And this is regardless of Scientology practiced in the Church or outside. I fail to see Scientology produce OTs as defined by L. Ron Hubbard. I cannot see Scientology produce better-than-average lives.
This is the conundrum – I cannot reconcile 1 and 2 above. I have for years tried to explain or justify why this is not so – or why it is so. I have attempted explanations such as “people are not using Scientology proper”, “they fail to understand and apply the technology or policies involved”, “people are just out-ethics or PTS“, “Scientology are under suppression by the government”, etc, etc. But none of these actually explain the lousy scene that is obvious to my eyes and ears.
While I have many thoughts on this, I will leave the floor open for discussion and see what conclusions we can arrive at.