It’s Saturday and Terra Cognita is in the house.
High Crime and the Cost of Scientology
If LRH had really wanted to save the planet as quickly as possible, why did he make his “tech” so expensive? And therefore, so inaccessible to so many? If the world was going to hell in a handbasket, why charge Scientologists—tasked with saving the planet—hundreds of thousands of dollars? Why not just give them the “tech” and allow them to get to work bailing out our little rock?
How ethical would it be to charge individuals a hundred grand for a vaccine to inoculate themselves against a plague decimating mankind? Of course, if you were a board member of a Bayer…yeah, you’d go along with the price structure. Reminds me of people selling water for $10 a bottle in storm-ravaged Houston.
We can’t talk about religion and money without talking about the highest-priced faith-based organization in the world: the Church of Scientology. One thing for sure: it’s not for the poor. Nor even for the middle class. Scientology is for the able—financially able, that is—and If you want to get to the top of the Bridge and “go free,” then you’d better be in pretty damned good financial shape. Or be related to someone who is—or was. (At the least, you’d better quit your teaching job and start selling high-priced MEST.)
The Numbers, Please
Different numbers have been tossed around about what it costs to fully go up the Scientology Bridge. I’ve heard $200,000. I’ve heard $300,000. My spouse said it costs closer to a half mil for someone to hit OT 8. Part of it depends on the PC.
Some require lots and lots of auditing—both for their lower levels and once they reach “OT.” Some people complete OT 7 in two or three years. Others take a decade. The “L’s,” the False Purpose Rundown, “confessionals,” the “alternate” route to “clear,” and having to redo all one’s training all add to the cost.
[Ed note: Today few people complete OT VII in under 10 years — you have to audit more than Ron did — and with six months checks required, often requiring two intensives of Flag Class IX auditing, that is about $40,000 per year, not including cost of travel, accommodations, the cost of C/Sing or the cost of the level itself. Solo NOTs is the gift that keeps on taking]
Two New Levels! Oh, Boy!
I can’t wait to see what OT 9 and 10 will cost. Or should I have said, I can’t wait to see what DM will charge for them? I wonder if these new rundowns will be one shot deals like OT 8, or whether, like OT 7, they’ll require years of solo-auditing accompanied by biannual sec-checks at Flag. Maybe he’ll devise some sort of combo. Or better yet, maybe Scientology will begin issuing their own credit cards.
I wouldn’t be surprised if DM has plans to build a whole new complex to handle the “massive” influx of OT 8s these monumental releases will generate.
WISE… or Not
As a business model, the Church of Scientology is huge failure. As a scam to fleece people out of their money…it’s been slightly more successful. Presumably it’s amassed—pocketed—billions of dollars over the years. I tried confirming these figures but apparently lacked the correct Swiss PIN numbers.
The average American makes about $50,000 per year. For those in the UK: 25-30,000 pounds. Australians average around $44,000 per year. But let’s look at discretionary income, which loosely defined, is what’s left over after paying for all of life’s necessities: food, housing, utilities, taxes, transportation, clothing, medical, the new Star Trek movie, etc. Discretionary income doesn’t include setting aside for retirement, education, reserves, and other “electives.”
Per the American Bureau of Labor and Statistics, those between the ages of 25 and 34 (prime candidates for delving into Scientology) earn an average of $59,002 per year. Their average expenditures come to $48,087. The difference between these two figures would be roughly their discretionary income: $10,915.
If it costs $300,000 to reach OT 8, and if one could flow $10,000 per year to pay toward Scientology, it would take 30 years to get to the top of the Bridge ($300,000/$10,000=30).
More Math: The population of the world is 7.5 billion. If the church convinced half of them to buy the full Bridge for $10, Scientology would make $37.5 billion dollars right off the bat. Which isn’t a bad paycheck. They might even put a few people in their “ideal org” course rooms.
But I Like Teaching Kids
The overwhelming majority of jobs don’t pay enough for people to play Scientology. Saving people’s lives as a cop, fireman, or nurse? As an EMT or Green Beret? Forget going up the Bridge. Teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic to kids? Carpentry, cutting hair, driving a bus? Sorry, Scientology is not for you. Punching the clock at Walmart, Trader Joe’s, or Starbucks? Yeah, right.
You ain’t ever gonna hear this from the Reg, but very few jobs pay well enough to afford Scientology. Not to worry. If you’ve ever sat in a Scientology registrar’s office, I guarantee you’ve been told that, “This next level will make you so much more able, the money will flow your way!”
And for you students, “Scientology is cheaper than college. And what you gain is a thousand times more valuable.”
If you didn’t have the cash, you may have :
Taken out a new mortgage on your home.
Cashed out your retirement accounts.
Stripped your pensions.
Dipped into your inheritances.
Sold assets: cars, land, real estate, Picassos, the family jewels.
Took out a business loan.
Increased the spending limits on your credit cards, maxed them out, and then signed up for new ones.
Put off having kids. Or forwent having them altogether. (You’ll have plenty of future lifetimes for playing mommy and daddy.)
Quit the job you loved—gave up your purpose in life—in favor of selling expensive MEST.
Signed up for a multi-level business, guaranteed to make you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Regs were always too happy to help you make any of these happen.
If LRH really believed that Scientology was the world’s only chance at salvation, to charge as much as he did was a crime against humanity.
Still not Declared,