Absolutely! Sorry - I didn't mean to sound like I thought otherwise ... I was just voicing my agreement, and being more specific as to how I see it. I feel the same. I would be lost without what Scn did for me - no-one else had been able to help. I guess I'm just pissed at those who won't see that their behaviour is very un-scn. Most of the people I met were good, and wanted to spread that goodness. It's those that brought bad into it, especially when they claim it's for the good, that just get my goat! scn wasn't something LRH created, as much as he wished he was that influential. scn was created by good people, getting together to do more good, and it just sucks that some have managed to ruin it for the rest.
We pretty much are on the same page
I just give LRH more credit than you do. I think he created much, if not most, of the good we see in Scientology. That does not mean that he did not borrow from or build upon prior work. Nothing wrong there.
However, I also feel that much, if not most, of the bad we see in Scientology is a creation of LRH also. That is where I part ways with many "Independents". IMO, the bad is aspects of LRH's vicious side (and anyone that takes an honest look at the man and his history has to acknowledge a vicious side - not as physical as Miscavige but just as vicious) immortalized in policy along with his desire to vest ultimate control in himself as Source. I think Hubbard also had a very good and compassionate side that moderated the bad while he was alive. Once Miscavige took over, that moderating factor gradually diminished to the micro-managed oppressive environment we have today in Scientology. Miscavige has done nothing more than to vest ultimate control in himself as Source. Covert Source giving lip service to Hubbard, but Source, none-the-less. Only apparently without Hubbard's civilizing aspects. Hubbard was a complex individual, Miscavige is not.
I still think Scientology could be good, fun, and useful if people could just do it freely without the oversight and control of an oppressive bureaucracy. I think we are moving in that direction. I would love to see the local orgs cut free of the Sea Org, or any outside "management".