This about sums up what scientology sells: The feeling of elation knowing I “helped.”
They have convinced the people inside the bubble that money given the IAS is actually used for good. It is one of the sad truths of scientology that this is a lie.
More money is spent on creating the illusion that scientology (the IAS) is helping than is spent on actually helping anyone. The only real expenditures the IAS makes are the purchase of property — ostensibly to “service parishioners” but as every org on earth is shrinking, there is not a one of them that needs larger premises when most cannot cover their basic utilities costs. They only buy buildings because they have to spend SOME money. They cannot just accumulate hundreds of millions without running afoul of IRS regulations governing exempt organizations.
Apart from buying property, the IAS spends money on two things: 1. to put on events. 2. to fly video teams to shoot the handful of people they might pay to go to hand out Way To Happiness booklets or other token gesture activities.
You have to give credit where credit is due — David Miscavige has created a masterful world of smoke and mirrors (and CGI and staged shots) where people have come to believe that the IAS is “salvaging earth.” It is doing no such thing. It is bestowing phony statuses on people and collecting money. It is a successful scam that scam artists everywhere envy. Because it is not only extremely efficient, it is cloaked in the mantle of religion so is afforded virtual immunity from oversight.
Thus how much money is collected, accumulated and spent is completely opaque. There is absolutely no accounting financially or for any of the outrageous claims made of the good work it does.
Relying on the gullibility of people who cannot bring themselves to believe that the leader of “the most ethical organization in the history of the universe” would lie to them, Miscavige and his IAS leeches suck the blood out of good-hearted people who believe they are doing something to help mankind by handing over their hard-earned cash.
Austin Carroll should be using his money to secure the future of his adorable children. Giving it to the IAS will do no such thing.