It is a major turning point when a person realizes the Church they have been part of is not actually working towards the original aims of Scientology. Most of us supported the church as a parishioner, or a staff member or a Sea Org member, for years – and believed what we were told.
When the PR-hype is seen through and the stable datum of the Church of Scientology comes crashing down, it is hard to work out what is the ideal scene, and where to from here?
I don’t know that anyone has the exact answer – and in fact, there probably isn’t just one.
There have been Scientologists operating independently from the Church of Scientology since the early 80’s, but it is not an ideal or an expanding scene. There are people who throw in the towel on the whole subject. There are those who try to find fault with the body of work and the founder.
But I think each of us has to work out what the ideal scene is moving forward.
For ourselves individually.
For our families.
For our work and communities.
And for Scientology as a subject.
“One’s direction is lost to the degree one fails to work out the Ideal Scene.
“It is so easy to toss off an “ideal scene” that is not the Ideal Scene that one can begin with a false premise.
“As he tries to work with an incorrect “ideal scene” for an activity he may fail and grow discouraged without recognizing that he is already working with an omitted datum-the real Ideal Scene for that activity.
“This is a major reason one can lose one’s way in handling a situation.
“Also in trying to find a WHY of departure one may refuse to admit that something he himself did was the reason for the departure — or why the Ideal Scene never took place. It requires quite a bit of character to recognize one’s own errors, it is much easier to find them in a neighbour. Thus one may choose the wrong WHY, for this and other reasons.
“Failures to examine the scene, reasonableness which causes blindness to the obvious, errors of penetration and defensive reasons not to admit it all impede a proper analysis.
“The existing scene may be missing in one’s view because one doesn’t really look at it or because one has no correct ideal scene for it.
“Many would rather blame or justify than be honest. Others would rather criticize than work.
“But this all adds up to out-points in the examination itself.
“If one keeps at it one will however arrive at the right answers with regard to any scene.”
LRH 6 July 1970, Data Series 13, IRRATIONALITY