Trust the Psi Corps.
Can we get back to the mini-Space Org story please?
... With no organisation left powerful enough to stop them, the entire planet could come under the Church’s control. The worst dark age of suppression and tyranny that any religion could even dream up would ensue.
I don't think $cn has much of a chance of achieving "maintstream" status, particularly as the rest of the world moves on from the 50s world which is the home of Hubbardian ideas.
Hell, I don't even know what a DC-10 looks like. I know "science" is its own religion, dogmatically clinging to ideas that will hold no weight in the future, but even so, it moves forward much faster than the bogged down doctrine of the "church" will ever allow.
Will the official CofS actually become a major recognised religion? Would it eventually take over the governments of some countries? If so, what would it be like to live in one of those societies?
If governments are run like org boards, would any attempt to ask for democracy be countered with a cramming cycle of KSW1.
With schools and colleges having a curriculum tailored to suit the CofS, how would history be taught? Would children be taught to look for themselves or only to seek answers from the authorised texts?
Would the universities be allowed to research into the sciences? What about the new scientific breakthroughs that didn’t match the Founders ideas?
How would the Church actually handle the serial killers, armed robbers and the like? What about the insane? The homosexuals? The ones still loyal to another religion? The ones who believe in another political regime? The dissenters and rebels; the ones who will not toe the party line? The ones who simply question the authority of the Church? The ones who goof up and cannot be corrected? The plain stupid ones? Would they all be lumped together equally – all declared SPs. (Would this list be extended for PR reasons to include the ugly ones who don’t look so good?)
The people who are sick or disabled and cannot contribute, cannot work or get in their exchange – What kind of health service could be run on standard Church policy?
Really, where would the Church put these people?
The arts, movies; what kind of censorship would the Church impose.
Would humour be reduced to the level of inoffensive old jokes like: “What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence?” or “Why did the little boy throw the clock out of the window?” Would any amount of irony or satire be deemed to enturbulate or be classified as Joking and degrading?
What would these CofS countries’ relationships be like with the other nations of the world?
In other countries, other places, researches using the scientific method of tried, tested, thoroughly proved and verified by others, may develop new spiritual technology and ways to enhance mankind’s abilities. Will the CofS scream squirrel tech and off-beat practices?
The imagination runs riot. An entire book could be written on this; a film would be fun to watch! Mind boggling, isn’t it?
Your right. I first read 1984 when I about 12 years old - it completely changed my view of the world. Ironic that I decided very firmly that I would do all I could to prevent that type of society from developing.
Then as I became more familiar with Int Management, I kept seeing shades of 1984 and little indicators. When I started doing the Data Series drills and the Org Exec Course it was becoming more and more obvious. The policies I was reading the in the OEC seemed far removed from what I observed to be actual practice.
Doing these drills at a class IV org, I would go into an area with a clip board and ask questions of staff and look at stats and stuff - I kept seeing "fear" in their eyes. Real fear, a terrible worry that I would write them up for some imagined wrong, or that I'd get them into trouble for not applying policy to their post or for being downstat. Even though I kept trying to assure them I was only doing a drill and I wasn't going to report anything to anyone. I'm really quite a friendly, polite, unassuming person (honest!). I'm not in least bit overbearing and I've never written anyone up to ethics for anything.
Then I observed several other Execs and Missionaires from Flag doing actual inspections. They would walk around in full dress uniform, looking very stern and be positively unfriendly, taking notes on clipboards without telling the staff what they were writing. No discussion, no well dones, no smiles or any appreciation of the work. They produced that same look of fear.
The last straw came when I gave a win at graduation. One of the main points I told them was that one could take over and run the planet with this tech. I faltered in my speech as I noticed that "look" on some of the faces. I realised what the full implications were of what I was saying and that I was not the only one there that could visualise what the world might be like if it was run by Int Management.