Trust the Psi Corps.
Circa Feb. 1982, my first night in Stevens Creek Mission, everyone standing and clapping at a picture of LRH on the wall. It was probably the first clue I had that something is not right in Scientology. I had read The Gulag Archipelago a few years previously and [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Solzhenitsyn describes the Central Committee standing and clapping at a portrait of Stalin for forty-five minutes, no one wanting to be the first to stop and be seen as an "enemy". Could end a career and get shipped to the Gulag for that. So I was intrigued by this same silliness in Scientology and wanted to see how long it lasted. When I was in the SO at INCOMM I never saw it go on more than maybe three minutes or so, although it felt like forever sometimes. Anyway, The Gulag Archipelago is a first person account of just how insane humans can go with group think and one of the most depressing books ever written so I knew right from the start from what I saw that Scientology had the same potential for idiocy. How did this clap at the LRH picture get started? Any old-timers know the story?
I'm not going to watch the video with the midget, It would be 2:33 of my life I'd never get back.
Starting off on a Div6 course, it seemed strange to me but, does one actually notice when he crosses the line from just doing it like everyone else, to feeling compelled and it eventually becomes a giant pissing contest where everyone is trying out-clap and out-cheer everyone else?
In order to avoid a sudden UNEXPECTED non-scripted, non-rehearsed
spontaneous communication to the the crowds:::
Every every single word must be pre-approved by Miscavige himself.
There is no Ad Lib.
There is no word spoken that has not been "billed and drilled" ahead of time !
I'll back this from my own experience. Letters to papers had to be proofed by OSA, and around any media-related event, all staff were specifically instructed to give a distinctly neutral response to any question and refer the inquirer to OSA personnel.