A recent hypemail from “Ron’s Home” caught my attention.
Of course, Ron’s Home is where they no longer deliver the St Hill Special Briefing Course and St Hill Fdn no longer exists.
Hey, there are all sorts of indicators of “milestones” and “straight up and vertical” in scientology. Just as long as you proclaim the contraction is actually expansion, the sheeple buy it. War is peace.
But what really made me this stand out to me was the LRH quote.
This is the quote that “10,000 on or through Solo NOTs” is based on. Somehow the sheeple have come to accept that if there were that number of people on Solo NOTs everything would be a scientology utopia on prison planet earth. What struck me when I read this again is not just the idiocy of this being the basis for some silly campaign the FSO has been running for decades (which tells you all you need to know about their success), and not just the arrogance of assuming that those people who are on Solo NOTs are somehow “superior beings” (I have met enough of them to know that it is not any sort of reliable criteria on ANY personality trait from intelligence and aptitude to honesty and compassion). No, what struck me most was the sheer arrogance of the assertion itself. It is one of those wild things that Hubbard said that has NO BASIS in fact, no evidence to support it. No nothing. And yet, more than 50 years later there are still people quoting it in boldface and because it was stated by L. Ron Hubbard, and thus it is repeated with the assertion it is “true.”
This is blind faith.
As you may have been informed earlier. We are moving into a new era!
When you come to Saint Hill and you will see the place being renovated. A new castle is taking form as well as a new management organisation and an Ideal Narconon.
Highly trained auditors are being selected and trained to have the best quality delivery.
Top Executives are being trained to create a BOOMING continent!
We are hiring upstat Scientologists who could be fit and be of great value to accomplish the above.
“A survey of all this demonstrated that at any one time on Earth there were not more than 10,000 people of caliber that was sufficient to do a little steering or leading. And it wasn’t a very high IQ and it doesn’t flatter you very much. It isn’t up there around Army Alpha 212 as you’d think it is ̶ not at all. There’s only about 10,000 of them, really.
“And below that level you have something in the neighborhood of about 100,000 or 150,000, 200,000 people who have a competence of assimilation. That’s about all.
“You can count then on those people directing others or leading them.” — LRH, How to Talk to Friends About Scientology, 18 Dec 1952
Continental Liaison Office UK
By the way — the LAST thing St Hill needs is a new castle. They can’t come close to keeping the current one full. There are course rooms and auditing at AOSHUK that are never used. Literally, they don’t even turn on the lights.
It’s an interesting concept. You can get people to believe that you are “expanding” simply by virtue of the fact you are building property. Because after all, who would possibly build something they didn’t need?
After watching one of Alex Gibney’s other documentaries recently “Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room” (you can stream it on Netflix) this sort of “confidence trick” is not confined to scientology. There were plenty of interesting parallels between the rise and ultimate collapse of Enron and the story of scientology. The principals of Enron eventually ended up in prison — even though they had astonishing levels of aircover from the Bush family.
They were bluffing and bullshitting all the way to the end.
Eventually the blind faith was not enough to sustain their house of cards.