(Originally posted by OldAuditor on June 13, 2010 – comments are included)
We see new refugees from the church of scientology appearing every week and one for one, they are relieved and happy about their new freedom. Many notice a spiritual revival as soon as they are beyond the reach of the church.
Interestingly enough, months will go by and you will find many of these new independents are still dramatizing some of the attitudes they adopted in the Sea Org or as a loyal scientologist. They are happy to be independents, but they will occasionally reveal a cold intolerance of differing opinions. They act as though they are still trying to live up to a standard of behavior that brooks no opposing viewpoints or questioning of authority. They still carry the intolerance of the church with them.
The basis of this behavior is that they adopted a “Sea Org” identity in order to survive in the Sea Org and this Sea Org Identity overlaid and opposed their true identity for many years in some cases. The Sea Org identity was a “safe” identity because it reduced the chances of being punished. Even public have adopted a no-sympathy sea Org attitude in an effort to escape ethics handlings.
Duty came first, above family, above personal needs and interests and this identity could justifying committing overts in the name of the “greater good”.This allowed one to do the following: Abandon one’s children to go on mission. Abandon one’s spouse because she became pregnant. Abandon one’s responsibility as soon as one received orders to go on a mission. Accept degradation willingly to keep the peace.
This adopted identity is at odds with every survival instinct a normal human being has. Love for family, love for children, love of life in all its aspects is considered to be Dev-T or contrary to Command Intention. In the Sea Org or on staff, you are not an individual, you are a post name and nothing more. When they bust you, then you are nothing until they assign you to another post.
You can leave the church, but if you do not knowingly address the abberrated identity you were forced to wear, you will go through life apparently independent, but still displaying unsympathetic churchlike behavior. That abberrated identity can be handled by counseling or auditing so that you truly regain all of your pre-scientology abilities.
You can gain a full understanding of the magnitude of this behavior modification by watching a fascinating video posted on Leaving Scientology of a discussion between Larry Brennan, former WDC member of the Church of Scientology, Nancy Many, author of My Billion Year Contract, and Steve Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control. This video link is: http://www.vimeo.com/12397389
If you have not watched this video, make it a point to watch it soon. It contains material about indoctrination into a cult that I have not seen elsewhere. Steve Hassan is a former Moonie and he makes the point that Reverend Moon and Ron Hubbard used the same behavior modification techniques to ensure unquestioning compliance to the leader’s orders.
This will give you a better understanding of how bright people like Heber Jentszch, Debbie Cook and countless others can allow themselves to be publicly degraded again and again without attempting to break away. Their adopted identity makes duty paramount and all other considerations like integrity, personal identity, love of family, etc, are subjugated to duty.
The Sea Org may seem to be an extreme case but public scientologists and staff have also allowed themselves to adopt a “scientologist identity” that questions nothing coming from the Church and refuses to look at abuses being committed before their very eyes. When told to disconnect, they march like obedient robots and delete old friends from their address books and Facebook. Hearing of a reported abuse they retort, “Where did you get THAT entheta?”
Now you are out of the church, have you considered that some parts of your “loyal scientologist” identity might be a hindrance to getting on with life? There are independent scientologists who can ease you through the difficult tasks of regaining your true identity so you can start living life as yourself.
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