That is going to be a fascinating video! Greatly looking forward to it.
Last year I was at a local store and the owner and some others were standing outside just chatting. I joined them for a few minutes, fully unprepared for the surreal event about to happen.
One of the people in the group seemed to be quite curious about me for some reason--I guessed that maybe the 12 cylinder car I was driving that day might have tickled his interest or something. Anyways, his curiosity about what kind of business I was in made me just as curious about why he was being so nosey. So, I put on my super-sleuth hat and "out-detectived" him and within less than a minute I had found out that he was a former Scientologist. In minute number two, I learned that he was a high ranking (former) member of the GO. Hey, an SP beats a GO at the game of investigations every day of the week! LOL.
Here's the bizarre part... I was asking questions as if I didn't know anything about Scientology other than "what I read" or "what I heard". This guy went right into the drill like Pavlov's dogs, even adopting the glowing-knowing GO grin that I had forgotten about decades ago. But then it all came flooding back to me, those twinkling eyes and elite smugness as they spun their "acceptable truths". Honestly, I saw that self-satisfied smirk face so many times when I was in Scientology, I could not forget it.
Well, this is not exactly related to Arte Maren, but then maybe it is. My new "friend" outside the grocery store was getting real inspired by my seemingly innocent questions.
Hey, I heard that the guy who invented Scientology,
I forget his name......
EX GO EXEC
Hubbard. L. Ron Hubbard.
Oh yeah, that's right, Hubbard. Well I heard that Hubbard
and his top Scientologists all went to jail for a massive
espionage campaign against the US government. That doesn't
sound very good for a religion.
EX GO EXEC
Oh, but that's not what actually happened.
(his eyes really turning up the glow, as if
to capture me by their intensity)
What really happened is that the Scientologists
only used some copy paper. That's all that they did
wrong, but the US government ran a big coverup and
prosecuted them anyways.
Oh wow, I didn't know that. But if Scientology promotes
that they give you special abilities, why would the top people
in Scientology end up going to federal prison?
Yeah, okay, I enjoyed torturing him (LOL) but he was really getting off on thinking that he had completely bamboozled me and won me over. Google "Duper's Delight".
Karen, your story above really struck me, particularly the part about Maren (years later) not having the slightest sense or awareness that the GO had become a criminal thug gang of liars. I saw that so many times, but when I ran into that Ex-GO exec, he not only did not think there was anything wrong with it, he actually was GLOWING AND BASKING IN THE WIN OF IT! This is how deranged the mind of a cult member can become, that their conscience and cringe-reflex response is replaced by a sadistic glee and pleasure is attained by running "OPs" on other people and tricking/deceiving them.
For anyone who hasn't studied "Duper's Delight" it is quite a revelation. In my experience, I routinely found it with ex GO and OSA members, even after they had left the cult. That might be one of the last things to go when a cult member finally peels the final onion layers; lying as a pleasure moment.
GREAT post! Every bit is true.
Nice stuff, HH.