What’s in it for me?
But really; why do I do this? Why on earth would I quit the church and go public with criticism? It surely couldn’t be because I am telling the truth and want to put lights on abuses in the church. Because there could not possibly be abuses. Scientology is as far from abusive as you could possibly get. And the church is Scientology. David Miscavige could not be a suppressive person. He is Scientology.
So who is paying Geir Isene? Or who is conning him into writing on this outrageous blog?
In the last month I have heard some creative takes on why I left the church. The Scientology field in Oslo is busy making up a good enough reason for why I left. The latest is that I have been conned (by Anonymous perhaps?). There is also the knee jerk reaction that someone must be paying me to do this. Just like someone must be paying Anonymous or Marty Rathbun or any other person daring to voice some criticism of the church or the man at the helm.
Money you say? The church has a button on money, so it follows that they would easily accuse others of getting paid to do what they feel is right.
Hubbard wrote a lesser known scale of motivation. It goes like this:
- Personal conviction
- Personal gain
Duty is at the top, money is at the bottom. Nothing wrong with money per se, but if a person’s primary or only motivation is money, he can be bought. If he is at “Personal gain”, he would factor in other elements such as social benefits, travel distance, time with his friends etc. A person who held a job out of the broader “Personal gain” would be harder to make leave his job. If he held a job out of “Personal conviction”, there would be extremely hard to bribe the person into a job shift. Few nurses or aid workers would switch jobs only because of more money. Then there is “Duty” – doing what you do for the greater good. Sacrificing much for what you see as a truly worthy cause. The Dalai Lama is operating on duty, the same are many people working within the Red Cross or Amnesty International. Those people cannot be bought.
Neither can I. There is a large element of duty in what I do here.
So, what’s in it for me?
Apart from loosing many of my closest friends, loosing a whole social network, loosing my Moscow office (the CEO of FreeCode Moscow was a Scientologist – he disconnected from me) and loosing other business opportunities – not much in it for me at all.
I would do this even if I would loose a lot more. It isn’t even a consideration that I personally loose a lot by leaving the church. It really isn’t. I consider it a duty to stop the abuses, to get the top dog jailed, to show the world that the philosophy is not equal to the church and to salvage the delivery of Scientology services. I see it as my duty to help Scientologists see what is going on within their own church and make this their own duty – despite personal danger or loss.