By Thomas Price
Definition of Requiem : a Christian ceremony in which people pray for the dead.
While contemplating the current scene in the Church it stuck me on the causes of the demise of the Corporate Church and how we have come to this place.
Looking back I believe the real boom in the Church happened during the 1970s. This boom was caused by the power and reach of the Mission network which primarily focused on getting new people into Scn. The expanding Scn mission network flowed people into the local Orgs and then up the line to ASHO and AOLA for higher class training and auditing.
The Mission network prospered in the 1970s because entrepreneurs (define: “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk”) were allowed to get on with the game. From my experience the Scientology Mission entrepreneurs were not motivated to make money but rather:
To make a difference (to help), and
To get on with the show without undue interference
These entrepreneurs just wanted to run their own show and not have the boot heels of someone else pressing them down. They wanted to operate independently.
These entrepreneurs manifested the Prelogic Q1: “Self-determinism is the common denominator of all life impulses”. As long as the entrepreneurial Mission holder was allowed to get on with their game, the Missions flourished and such legends as Davis Mission, Palo Alto mission, and others brought floods of new public into Scientology.
As Mr Dan Koon has written before, the Scientology system could have been built around a large Mission network whose skill was bringing new public into the Church, and local Orgs with a strong Qual to correct the products from the field, and provide further training for those graduating auditors up the line. Then an upper org ASHO could refine the auditor product through more rigorous training, and the Advanced Org could provide upper level auditing service.
The key was strong entrepreneurs who were allowed to be free, to get on with their purpose, and drive new public into Scientology.
However once the RTC smashed the Mission network in 1982 with heavy ethics and control, it drove the entrepreneurs out of the Church and there was no one left with the initiative and drive to recreate the destroyed Mission network.
And once the missions collapsed there was no flow of new people to drive into the Orgs. And just look at what we have now, a dying Church which is pushing its resources to build so-called Ideal orgs (buildings) which will ultimately be monuments to disastrous planning.
And the Mission network of the 1970s which was so proficient at getting new public into Scn, has now been replaced with high definition TVs and videos in the Ideal Orgs’ information center.
It is all MEST now.
Is it any wonder the Church is dying a slow but persistent death?
The Church needed a visionary leader to take the reins once LRH was gone. Someone who could look out 20 to 30 years, or more, and predict how the future could unfold, and plan accordingly. And someone who could recognize and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit and promote the self-determinism of all Scientologists.
Instead the Church got a reactionary leader who retreated into the past, smashed any entrepreneurial spirit in the Church by demanding unthinking obedience, and therefore destroyed the pursuit of self-determinism that had once driven the true expansion of the Church.
And thus, here we are now.
Like it or not, you as an individual, willing to stand up and speak your mind, may be the best hope left to encourage and promote Q1: “Self-determinism is the common denominator of all life impulses”.
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