Someone recently sent me an audio recording of the New Year’s event which I am making my way through. Some of it is a bit hard to hear, but there is enough in there to make for some interesting posts which will be forthcoming when I have the time to put them together.
But in the meantime, I came across an issue of the “High Winds” magazine celebrating the first 25 years of the Sea Org in 1992.
You can see Captain Miscavige here addressing the audience at the International Base (this is before the advent of the Hole):
Now with 21.5 years having passed we can see the progress towards his lofty projections. And believe me, the New Year’s event, even in the first 30 minutes has the same level of ridiculous hype: speaking of GAG II he announces it to be “our [read “My”] single most important accomplishment on the whole track,” and claims “15,000 Scientologists crossed the threshhold to behold the majesty of Scientology at the top of the bridge.” His words are now Shermanspeak (1992 was BS — Before Sherman was on the scene writing every word that Miscavige utters) and there are a lot more generalities, but the leopard has not changed his spots when it comes to the art of the hype.
These were his projections for the Sea Org on its 50th anniversary — just 3.5 years away now.
What is interesting about this in addition to the sheer chutzpah of the hype is that this IS about what would NEED to be happening for Scientology to be making any real impact on the world and experiencing “straight up and vertical” growth. (Some may also find it interesting that it is me sitting immediately to his right, along with Norman Starkey and Marc Yager — all of us would ultimately reunite as denizens of the Hole).
Instead, He keeps rehashing the same old same old with grander and grander adjectives and assertions, ignoring everything He said at the last event — let alone 20 years ago, convincing his gullible listeners that everything is going along swimmingly. So much so that they themselves put out the most idiotic numbers as if they are really something to be excited about (“we got 80 people through NOTs in a YEAR” “6 new starts of old people on new old courses”).
This is bubble mentality. Someone should show them THESE projections and wake them up to the fact that their “movement” is no longer moving, in fact it is terminally constipated.