The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers or those sent in by email to AskChrisShelon@gmail.com. This week, the questions I take up are:
(1) I don’t understand why Scientology needs slave labor in its “priesthood”, the Sea Org? This is a very wealthy church, that could easily afford to pay their clergy well, give them first class accommodations, food, education etc., correct? If we compare Scientology to The Catholic Church (whom has a live-in clergy) which treats its priests, bishops, and cardinals well, then why can’t Miscavage do the same? Even The Salvation Army, provides good housing, pay, retirement, and health benefits for its officer corps.
I don’t understand why the concept of respecting ones own management structure, is such a foreign concept here. How can Miscavage expect top performance of individuals, who have no real incentive to do so? If the pay and benefits were good, perhaps they could recruit top individuals voluntary. Perhaps if they were to pay a good percentage commission on services sold, then sales would rise. People are much more effective when they want to be and when they enjoy their job and life’s position.
(2) Dear Chris, I have heard that in Russia members of the Church of Scientoloyg have been attacked physically by some students (which proves that Russian people are extremely intelligent) Do you have knowledge of any other facts like this? Do you think that in the future we will have the hope to see Scientologists fear for their own physical integrity?
(3) Thank you, Chris, for delivering so much important information on such a consistent basis. I’m a regular watcher/listener of yours and many other Scientology-busting YouTubers and have read dozens of books on the subject, primarily those written by former members. Yet, after seeing a clip of John Travolta claiming that “joy is the operative concept” in Scientology, I am left baffled. I can’t recall any other instance of this particular “technology” being discussed either by Scientology propaganda or former members. I must have missed something. Can you fill us in on this aspect of Scientology teaching??
(4) It is interesting that you chose to believe in something (an afterlife) because you hope that it is true. Do you think that this is a general principle? That people should believe in things that they hope are true? I don’t think you do. So if you don’t think that such a general principle is a good one, then why is it good to believe in an afterlife based on this principle, but not have the principle apply to other beliefs? What makes belief in an afterlife special?
(5) Wish I was there as I wanted to ask if it’s true that Scientologists can’t use modern technology. For instance I heard they still use an older form of fax. I think it’s called a telex machine or something. Anyway thanks for uploading. Just subbed to you. Would love to see you here in Australia one day but fortunately Scientology really isn’t that much of a deal here.
(6) What does Scientology think of conspiracies really? Are there some Scientologists that believe in things like the NWO ( new world order), reptiles, and illuminati? Just curious. Thanks.
(7) Hi Chris…In ‘Going Clear’, Jason Beghe comes across with a full and sincere array of emotions regarding his time in the cult. One thing he alludes to is ‘going exterior’, which seems to have had quite the impact on him, regardless of how the rest of his experience had left him sad, confused, disillusioned and even angry.
Do you know of anybody else who ever experienced the phenomenon of ‘going exterior’ Just curious whether this is just another ‘gain’ that is too easily melded into their minds?
(8) I have a background in psychology, am a licensed clinical social worker and work with clients in the field of mental health crisis. As I’ve studied the practices of auditing and Hubbard’s assertion that Dianetics is a true and accurate description of how the mind works, I have been astounded at how grossly wrong he was. He clearly had no education in the scope of psychology. Why do you think Scientology has gotten the traction it has when it is so antithetical to known science? Why aren’t psychologists speaking out about this?
(9) Chris, you an extraordinarily engaging and gifted communicator. Even in your earliest videos, where the production values weren’t so great, you displayed an earnestness and charisma that demanded our attention. I wonder if and how your work in CoS helped you develop your powerful skills for speaking and presentation. It would be ironic if the CoS, for their own purposes, directly trained you in the superlative communication skills you now use to educate the public against them.
(10) How would you react if David Miscavige cloned himself?
(11) I recently went to the CO$ site out of curiosity, and one thing that struck me was all of the new churches being opened. I don’t understand why Miscavidge would be opening so many churches, when there (as you and many others have shown) are a dwindling number of bodies to fill them. What is your take on this?