Fanaticism – a parasite on hope and faith
From my experience, the most fanatic people regarding Scientology are the ones having the least gains from the subject.
The most fanatic staff members are usually the lowest on the Bridge. They nurture the hope and faith in the tech rather than wins and gains from it. In their blind faith and trust in its infallibility, they launch themselves into an all-out charge in saving mankind and you in particular. Regardless of your views or preferences, you are to be saved, exactly the way they interpret the policies and right now.
I was talking to the Senior C/S of a fairly large Org about my seminar earlier that day. In my talk to about 60 WISE (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises) members I hammered on personal integrity and free will. This C/S is low on the Bridge and she replied “right, I’ve had enough of people’s free will. If you had read all the PC folders that I have, you would understand better than promoting free will to people”. She is a fairly typical example of a Scientology fanatic.
There are of course exceptions – many staff members low on the Bridge still have their common sense intact and a few high on the Bridge has lost it. But overall, I find a striking correlation between lack of Scientology gains and fanaticism.
It seems fanaticism feeds on hope and faith rather than experience and personal certainty. Maybe fanaticism is a substitute for real personal certainty. This should however not be interpreted as invalidation of hope and faith.
One may wonder if this is the reason why staff members seldom get the chance to get much auditing. You want a fanatical army forwarding Command Intention? Just keep them low on the Bridge. Higher up, they just might start exercising their personal integrity, stand up and with determination counter the suppressive orders coming from the very top.
As I said, from my experience, the most fanatic people regarding Scientology are the ones having the least gains from the subject. I leave it to you to figure out if this correlation also may describe why some critics advocates the abolishment of the philosophy itself. Fanaticism is a two-edged sword.