The show where I answer your questions about Scientology and anything else you want to ask about. This week, the questions I take up are:
(1) Do you think L. Ron Hubbard made staff contracts 2-1/2 or 5 year contracts to trap members or suppress them and unknowingly stop them from doing and getting up The Bridge?
(2) Are you familiar with Amway/network-marketing-type companies and, if so, do you think that their tactics are similar to those used in cults?
(3) If the Sea Org members generally don’t get anywhere up The Bridge, how do they feel about the fairness of that? Do they have the attitude that, “Oh well, it sucks not to be rich enough to buy the superhuman powers, but at least I’m working 24/7 to provide the structure to help others buy theirs?” This all particularly confuses me since you say in the next Q&A that participation in Scientology is a pretty narcissistic activity.
(4) In one of your videos, you said “You can’t have a knowingness.” Was that intentional use of Hubbard-speak? If not, then why is it difficult for ex-Homo Novis to extricate themselves from Hubbard’s lingo? Why do mind-control phrases such as “you pulled it in” seem so natural and appealing despite being such obvious nonsense?
(5) Do you know whatever happened to Steven Fishman? Could you talk about his case? I find it quite fascinating. Thanks.
(6) I have an important question: do you have any idea how chromatically disturbing is your squared grey shirts above your green tee shirt?
(7) Hello Mr. Shelton! I was wondering, what key piece or pieces of data do you think would be most damning to a typical Scientologist’s mental resolve and cause them to doubt? I understand that your disillusionment with Scientology took months to build up, but what fact, had you heard it in the depth of your brainwashing, would have shaken your faith the greatest?
(8) Many ex-Scientologists – Jason Beghe, Paul Haggis, yourself, to name a few – start out by acknowledging that they gained from the Communications Course they took. Which Communication Course did you take specifically? Many thanks.
(9) Have you ever thought that there are striking parallels between the Church of Scientology and the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Both were founded by money grubbing conmen (LRH and Judge Rutherford), practice disconnection/disfellowshipping, and are obviously highly authoritarian.
(10) Chris, thank you for your incredible videos and shedding a light on this cult/religion. My question is this: I’ve seen on Karen’s channel a video about the disarray, the decaying state of Big Blue, broken restrooms, no fire alarms, broken elevators, broken lights and working in and around with asbestos. Is this a violation of city codes and work environment in the City of Los Angeles? Could the city come in and close Big Blue until the building is updated to specifications? Has anyone attempted to do so or is this against the First Amendment rights?
(11) Hi Chris, thanks for all you’re doing. A niche question, but I’ve been wondering: since you mentioned you never made it to the OT levels while you were in the Sea Org, and since we all know their contents are secret, what did you imagine would be in them and they’d teach you if you got there?
(12) When you are going to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) like, the minute they say come with us, do you know where you are going and why? Also when you get there, I mean my first instinct would be to run no matter what I did. Do you really believe you deserve it? I cant remember, were you in the RPF ? What for and for how long?
(13) What is your take on the “Antichrist” version of OT 8? If it was real it seems like it was changed by Scientology quickly. Or is it fake like Scientology has said? I was curious if you had any definitive knowledge on this topic.
(14) In your opinion, to what extent did LRH believe his own con? Did he start a “religion” for the sole purpose of getting rich and wielding undue power over the minds of others? Over time, do you think that being constantly surrounded by people who essentially deified him, he fell under his own spell? I get the sense that the struggle in his mind between awareness of the true nature of Scientology and his desire to believe in his own greatness may have been the primary catalyst in his going completely insane in his later years. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. It seems pretty clear that David Miscavige is fully aware that he is selling a lie and does not regard Scientology’s texts, practices, or beliefs as sacred. Yet, in his youth he was said to have been so devoted a believer that he became protege of LRH. Do you suppose his personal experiences and interactions with the man behind the curtain were the cause of his loss of faith in Scientology and his (somewhat) covert hostility toward its followers? Please keep up the amazing work!