The system is broken… or the system is broken
Given that the tech is working, the system must be broken.
This is a conclusion that stems from talking to several Scientologist in the past week.
Let me do a simple logical breakdown of this statement:
I am an OT VIII. I have gone through all the hoops, the confessionals, the checks and exams with the very thorough quality assurance system that is used within the church. I have been deemed squeaky clean as I have passed all checkpoints up the Bridge to Total Freedom.
I have had tremendous gains along the way.
Still I am here telling the world that the system is broken. I tell about human rights abuses, lies and manipulations in the system known as the Church of Scientology.
So, either I am right about the system being broken, or I am wrong about the system being broken. If the latter is true and the church is busy discrediting me, it must be because the church thinks we have an OT VIII that has gone off the rails. If that is the case, then the system with all the checkpoints up the Bridge is broken.
Either way, the system is broken.
This logical breakdown could be represented in a simple WOIM list:
[?The tech is working as intended]; OR: Geir is right about the system is being broken The system is broken Geir is wrong about the system being broken He is an OT VIII having been thoroughly checked by the system The system is broken
This is the logical conundrum that Scientologists I talk to are facing and struggling with. Many are inventing reasons why I could possibly say bad things about the church – like I couldn’t really have achieved OT VIII or I must have evil intentions or anything that could make the logical conundrum go away.
Obviously there is another option – that Geir is simply wrong – and one could leave it at that. I leave it to the reader to amend the WOIM list to accommodate for this third option. In this case I believe the system would be borken 😉
Edit (based on a good comment by “As-is”): When I say “the system is broken”, it is analogous to “the car is broken”. I make no claims about the design being wrong in this post, only the the practice in the church (referred to here as “the system”).