OTs leaving – what’s the value?
Why is it important that OT VIIs and VIIIs leave the Church of Scientology?
How can this helps stop the abuses in and around the organization?
Quick explanation: OT = Operating Thetan; Used here as “those who have reached the highest spiritual levels in Scientology”. OT VIII being the highest OT level released.
Realize that OT VIIs and VIIIs are David Miscavige’s (DM’s) power base. They are the biggest donors and contributors in so many ways across the boards. They lead the OT Committees. They rally the public to action. They inspire others to donate for no value in return. And they carry a lot of weight with the other public scientologists. They are “opinion leaders” of so many. Scientologists know all this. Other readers of this blog may not be so cognizant of the inner workings of the church.
When the OT VIIs and VIIIs leave, this is effectively corroding DMs power. Sure, he has a lot of money. He has buildings and he has staff he can commandeer around through authority, force and intimidation. But without the OTs, he has no religion to lead. And I believe he needs to be the leader of a religion to play with the likes of Tom Cruise. There are plenty of billionaires, so that alone is not enough. He needs to be a worshiped leader to play among the “big boys”.
I reckon it will take some 200 top OTs leaving to see the real shift. That would be a turning point for the church. That is when the real desperation would kick in. It’s a guesstimate and we’ll see. There are many more in the pipeline leading out the front door. But for many OTs, the consequences of leaving are big, both with their families and their professional lives.
It’s a tough decision. However, the top OTs may have one advantage when considering voting with their feet: The may not be so scared of “loosing their Bridge”. They are pretty much up there as high as they can get for the next decade or so. While anyone can get the full Bridge from plenty of very advanced, professional and standard units and individuals, most scientologists don’t know there are alternatives. Many are scared to exercise their integrity even though they know there is something very wrong and they witness abuses. The OTs can more easily make the jump – and from my experience, they have gained much personal integrity and observational powers, so they are more apt to take action inside the church and when that leads nowhere, decide to leave.
The OTs are big on action, as demonstrated from what they do as Scientology public. When they leave, they can be real assets in exposing the human rights violations of the church and ensure the people responsible are made responsible. OTs are big on helping others. Help is welcome.