The show where I answer your questions left in the comments section of these Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. Here are the questions from this week:
Link to org video: https://goo.gl/xHfUxs
Link to Affirmations: http://goo.gl/NswulC
(1) Scientology is very expensive. I think Ron said an intensive should cost either 1 week’s or 1 month’s salary from the general public. Are the prices different in different countries in order to match the income of the denizens of that country? If a miracle happened, and someone independently figured out how to actually go Clear and demonstrate OT abilities and wrestled control of the church from COB, the Crime Organization Boss, would you be willing to take DM’s place and run the church and fix the problems you have so clearly exposed?
(2) I’ve never quite understood the need for that many people on post, especially for the really small orgs. With all due respect, but some of the tasks sound like things I can knock out in one afternoon – by myself. Can you please clarify what it is that a typical staff person does all day. Moreover, now that there is less public to be had, are orgs cutting back on the number of staff? I’ve sometimes wondered if staff was hired to make the orgs look fuller and busier than they really were and if staff members are given “busy work” to justify their presence. I mean no disrespect, I’m aware that staff members work their tails off to meet the goals/quotas they’re given, but it does appear like mismanagement of resources from the outside looking in.
(3) A Hubbard Management Consultant is active in our local business community. He got his hands on my business card three years ago and the emails haven’t stopped since. He’s friendly enough and I’ll give him high marks for persistence. However, I have real concerns about his qualifications to do consulting work that requires a high degree of education, integrity and trust. Here’s an interesting quote from the WISE website advertising for new Hubbard Management practitioners:
“A hugely rewarding career, Hubbard management consultants not only help businesses flourish they help individuals succeed and achieve their life-long goals. Whether it is helping a bright young business owner get off on the right foot, or rescuing the family firm that’s been handed down generation to generation, or straightening out the accounting office that’s all but captured its owner from his wife and children, the accomplishments of consultants reach out, touching all areas of people’s lives.”
That is a highly personal – and perhaps even intrusive – statement of what a family business consultant might do. “Capturing its owner from his wife and children,” seems like some weird imagery to make the point. So is the Hubbard Management Consultant the right guy to do the job? No way. Consultants aren’t Certified Public Accountants. They aren’t lawyers. They don’t train in any normal business school. The Hubbard School of Management is unaccredited, has no transferrable units, and has not one single course on financial accounting. Yet we expect him to “straighten out the accounting office”? What’s going on with these people? Does Hubbard Management have anything worthy to offer, or is yet another dangerous trend spawned by the destructive cult of Scientology?
(4) In a video, you mentioned LRH’s “Affirmations”. There are a number of odd aspects to the Affirmations that lead me to believe they were not written by LRH. The biggest is that it simply doesn’t read like LRH, it has some bits of scientology sounding phrases peppered in, though I just don’t hear LRH when I read the Affirmations. Then there’s Armstrong’s desire to get back at Scientology, the lack of an original for the Affirmations, and the conflicts within Armstrong’s story. What do you think? What leads you to believe they are authentic?
(5) What do you personally think of Marty Rathbun? I am sure when he was in charge of dirty tricks he did some awful things. To me he tries to come off as a good guy in a bad situation. Do you think he should tell some of the things he has done? I am not talking like when Scientology screams ” what are your crimes.” I just think he should be honest not only about Miscavage but what he may have done that he regrets.
(6) What does Scientology do with all of that video they have? it would have to be a massive undertaking to archive all of that footage.
(7) I notice that you use the word “spiritual”. e.g. “LRon was deeply troubled, mentally and spiritually”. I’ve never really understood what people mean by that. I’ve heard it described as “understanding your place in the Universe” which sounds fine but a bit vague and “supernatural”. I would be interested to hear what you meant by that, and especially what you, as a skeptic, understand by the term “spiritual”.