“My fingers are shaking as I write this. Everyone is now turning their backs on Adolph (Hitler). No one was ever a supporter?…. Everyone was a supporter and no one denounced anyone else — And what about me? I was there. I breathed what was in the air, it infected all of us.” From the journal of an unknown Nazi woman.
I have read analysis and evaluations about situations in Scientology since 1970. Today’s evaluations in the Independent field and Freezone are much the same. Even though Independents have the right to say, “L. Ron Hubbard is the Who*,” they hardly ever do. Did Hubbard and other cult leaders do everything wrong? — of course not, otherwise smart dedicated people would not have followed them.
LRH put together a workable parapsychology. However, some departments that he created are decried even by those who tend to deify him: the Office of Special Affairs (the recycled Guardian’s Office), RTC, the RPF, etc. Yet in listing outpoints in the independent field, it is always David Miscavige who is blamed for almost everything, Hubbard never gets any causation; pretty unfair to him as source and creator of the subject. This is the blindness and compartmentalizing of mind control at work. It is as if nothing was wrong with Scientology before 1982. Tormenting defectors and detractors, spying, virtual slave labor, trafficking, disconnection, breaking up families, and humiliation all occurred prior to Miscavige. Hailing the leader as infallible and inerrant goes hand in glove with any destructive cult and the true believer’s thought process; the leader is never wrong. (*The “Who” is Scientology lingo for the source of a major situation.)
I recently posted, “Does Scientology own the State of Clear?” (http://
blog.scientologyrecovery.com/does-scientology-own-the-state-of-clear/). Apparently it stirred up a hornet’s nest amongst some narrow-minded independent Scientologists. One of my fellow Flag auditors from the Apollo more or less disconnected from me because I dared to say anything negative about LRH. Yet, her family has disconnected from her and her ex-husband is in a Scientology prison called the “hole.” Another friend got a firm slap on the wrist from the administrators of another site for posting my article, and one blogger called my post “toxic.” This was because I dared to prove that attainments that Hubbard declared solely Scientology’s domain could be achieved in other belief systems.
One of my purposes is to help people think freely. There is no freedom in a group if the leader cannot be in error. It is unfair to the leader and very unfair to the followers. For the leader it is lethal; the justifications, blame, and mental dissonance a destructive leader goes through to be an inerrant “messiah” often results in illness, germinates his/her psychosis, and leaves the leader dying usually only accompanied by hypocrisy. Once the messianic facade is shattered and the pretender’s grandiose promises fail, all that is left is an empty shell. Suicide is often the answer; witness David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, Jim Jones, and Adolph Hitler.
Blind faith isn’t solely the fault of the destructive leader; it is also the fault of the true believer. However, once fear permeates the group from the wrath and power of the leader, all freedom of thought and to some degree freedom of one’s own life is gone. This was evident in Nazi Germany where there was no freedom of speech; only death if you spoke out against the regime. A destructive cult is not exactly a Nazi Germany, but many of the principles laid out in the rise of the Third Reich are evident in any destructive group. It is worth comparison.
The Rise of the Third Reich, the factors:
1. Hypnotic and charismatic power of the leader.
2. Democracy abolished, unquestioned despotic rule.
3. Militaristic culture.
4. Clearly defined goals and dreams.
5. Clearly defined enemies.
6. Secret police and agencies responsible to the leader only.
7. Dissenters purged loudly and often.
8. Chaos created whether real or imagined.
9. Apocalyptic visions to create urgency and sacrifice.
10. Bold lies.
12. Eliminate belief in God and religions.
13. Right to sovereignty.
14. Martyrdom to inspire loyalty through emotions.
15. Oath taking, especially in the young.
16. Determined and effective schooling of the young.
17. Group above family and individual.
19. Taught to fight and revolt.
20. Ceremony, rallies, and pomp.
21. Undeterred by losses and setbacks.
22. Steadfast reports, true or false, about the enemy’s activities to instill group
23. Followers overlook evil, vile and inhumane behavior.
24. As in 13., overcome divisions and individual rights by preaching
the “greater good.”
25.Tap phones, break-ins, spying, reporting on others, arrests, beatings and
26. Acts of violence against humanity.
28. False image created and staged for outsiders.
29. Films, media, celebration of art and celebrities.
30. ONE PEOPLE, ELITE AND SUPERIOR.
If you review your association with a destructive group or leader you may find a majority of these factors have influenced you. It is my hope that you get relief by examining how they may have affected your life and your thinking. For instance, if you were not someone who normally screamed and yelled, yet when you joined the group, you saw it and became like that – it was due to mimicry. Reviewing these facets to see how you might have compromised and compartmentalized your thoughts to overlook abuse can help you regain your own individuality, self-esteem, and respect.
In the next post I will list the factors that resulted in the demise of the Third Reich. The intent of that is to help one see if the destructive leader and group you have allegiance to is on its way to its own demise.