I watched an interesting show on Netflix last night — the episode of the “Explained” series entitled “Cults.”
Each of these shows addresses a different topic and tries to give an objective view to explain it to people who are curious or just don’t know.
It’s only 25 minutes, and it is by no means comprehensive. It does not mention scientology and includes cult apologist Reza Aslan (among others) but nevertheless, anyone who has been involved with scientology will find plenty here that parallels our experiences. And it gives some perspective that there are lots of cults and they each have characteristics in common. Scientology fits the model perfectly.
When you are in scientology (especially when you have grown up in it) you believe it is something entirely new and different — advanced over anything else that has ever existed. It is a dawning realization for many after they get out that this is not the case… in fact it is just a new take on a pretty universal scam.