Our old friend Terra has some timely thoughts to share…
Tis the Season
L. Ron Hubbard hating giving anything away for free and insisted on charging a hefty price for most all things connected with Scientology.
He preached that people didn’t value goods and services that were given freely. Anything worth having was worth paying for. Paying for something meant it was valuable. Given freely, it was not.
This philosophy has hardened the hearts of countless Scientologists, driving many toward the level of “No Sympathy” on his infamous Tone Scale. The typical church member has little compassion for those without means or who don’t meet LRH’s exacting standards. They also have no sympathy for Scientologists not working tirelessly to get up the bridge as fast as they can.
Not giving away anything for free, while charging exorbitant prices, dovetails nicely with other LRH policy.
Rewarding downstats creates more downstats and justifies not lending a hand to those who need help the most. Church members have little empathy or sympathy for the less fortunate.
Scientologists are hung-up on the concept of exchange. To them, all transactions require an even exchange of material or services. In particular, they’ve been trained to believe Scientology is invaluable, and thus, the church can never be given too much.
Scientology doesn’t have the time to handle all of Earth’s down-stats. LRH said we’ll get to these downstats and DBs—degraded beings—once we’ve handled the rest of the planet.
This kind of thinking is common to cults. We are right; everybody else is wrong. We have the technology; nobody else does. We’re the chosen ones; God picked us—leaving us with his written word. Everyone else needs to get their “ethics in” and work their way up from life’s lower levels of existence.
Benevolence is not part of the culture of Scientology.
Back to Giving
Contrary to LRH, people value much that doesn’t come with a price tag:
Kindness, compassion, love
Making sure our children receive an education
Giving: Presents, charity, donations, non-profit organizations
Medical help (Doctors without Borders; City of Hope; local clinics)
Coaching, teaching, volunteering
The list goes on and on. Volunteering and giving is a big part of the ethos of many cultures. Not everything in life comes with a hefty price tag. Many of our most cherished services and possessions were given to us without the thought of compensation.
Community college in my hometown is free to all local residents—including books! Of course, so is primary education. Our library lends its books for free. Seniors receive discounts on many services. The city provides housing for low-income citizens. Benevolent, non-profit organizations abound in my neck of the woods.
I didn’t even charge my guests for Thanksgiving this year. No money was exchanged; all insisted they bring something; everyone was happy to contribute.
Humans love to give freely. It’s written into our DNA. Unfortunately, LRH didn’t understand this concept. Apparently within his family, this particular trait skipped his generation.
Not only did he not believe in giving freely, he believed in charging ridiculous prices for flawed products and services. What other organization charges hundreds of thousands of dollars for spiritual freedom? Who else thinks that the quickest way to salvage the planet is by concentrating on the rich to the exclusion of the poor?
I’m ashamed to admit that for years, I bought into this idea of not giving freely. That to do so, contributed in some way to a spiritual worsening in individuals. Since I left the church, this notion has been one of the hardest to overcome. Especially with regards to the homeless, the infirm, the less able, and the less fortunate.
For decades, I was taught—and believed—that giving freely was unhealthy to both the giver and the receiver. Kindness, compassion, and charity lead to societal degradation and ruin. Overcoming this type of thinking has not been easy.
Sometimes I wish, that instead of giving my money to Scientology, I’d handed it out to people living on the street.
Still not Declared,