Patron with Honors
I wrote this blog post, but the replies to the post was the most interesting.
Why does the Scientology mindfuck go so deep?
I believe it is due to the hope that Scientology instills.
A person enters Scientology with a hope of achieving something. For himself or perhaps even for the world.
Scientology promises the person will attain that goal, because there is nothing Scientology cannot ultimately handle according to Hubbard.
With the help of Scientology, the person achieves some gains letting the person believe his goal can be reached with Scientology.
Some more gains are had in the direction of his goal. Hope that Scientology can ultimately deliver his goal is reinforced.
Even if Scientology has not delivered or even cannot deliver on its promise, the person still has a powerful hope that Scientology will deliver his goal, any goal.
This hope can make the person do almost anything to protect Scientology. He may lie, deceive, betray his family, steal, commit fraud or worse. Perhaps much worse.
His hope will make him blind to any fault in Scientology. His hope will make him resort to any and all mental tricks to avoid his hope being blunted. Because losing hope is perhaps the most painful of all.
Francis Bacon said:Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Interestingly, I notice that some of the most fanatical Scientologists I have met are the one’s with little training and/or auditing. Those who have not yet understood that Scientology habitually oversells and underdelivers.