I'm aware that I see things very differently to many and that I have a tendency to simplify (often due to sheer boredom) but looking back at something that had such a huge effect on our lives was always going to be hard to justify and explain even to each other and there may be a tendency to try and make it seem more complicated than it was.
I always remove generational scientologists from any of my more serious thoughts on the cofs because they were in a different situation entirely.
From where I now see things the cult was only as complicated as we each made it and whether we call it faith based, fear based, brainwashing and lies based or gullibility based (or a combination of all) in the end it adds up to the same thing ... it was and it remains a ridiculous cult which sadly we all got sucked in to for our own individual reasons and in the main (as far as I can tell) were at a young, tender and vulnerable age when it happened ... but I doubt if many (in the real world) care about the details and nuances (and especially when making a documentary or movie) and neither should they because it isn't about us or being made for us, people are able and allowed to form an opinion based on what they do know or even feel to be the truth, they will hopefully never become obsessive over thinkers concerning scientology ... there are so many really serious things going on in the world that actually matter.
To try now to make others (especially those in the business of entertainment) understand things from our viewpoints just makes us look ridiculous after a certain point ... the movie sounds brilliant, it will do what we all want it to do and based in part on what Karen (who was involved) said in an earlier post I don't buy that Louis Theroux was out of his depth, he just made choices based on the time he had available and on what he felt it was important to cover ... for his paying audience.
Come at me bro (I've always wanted to say that).
Everybody turn off your computers, drop your pens if you are writing a book, go home and put your head in the sand. Yep, that includes you Jesse Prince, DM's dad, Lean's book - just cancel it now. Trouble & Sheila that includes you as well. Tony O, shut down the presses. Going Clear, Gibney revoke the movie, roll back the presses, ESMB roll back all the posts and cancel the site.
Turn off the lights. No more communication.
Hey, I've said several times on this message board scientology is actually "much ado about nothing", hmmm, nothing, that reminds me of the static, no time, place, form or event. LOL But hubbard sure as hell made something of nothing, and that is dangerous. Thank god for whistleblowers and critical thinkers, ex's.