One of the things I least like about the criticism of Scientology is frankly the inaccuracies I see over and over . With this post I will address one . Greed .
Yes Scientology is modeled after Ron Hubbard and he was a malignant narcissist so Scientology as a cult and individual members are influenced often by a series of tens of thousands of nudges toward becoming malignant narcissists too via cognitive dissonance and distortions .Yes , that is true .BUT people leave out that people are drawn in and baited by our desire to improve ourselves , be better people and help improve the world . And Hubbard pretended to be entirely motivated by concern for his fellow man but really had an insatiable lust for wealth and power . He famously said
"MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY."-the Liar Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972,
The vast majority of Scientologists get roped in thinking they will help others as a primary activity . Some join only to save mankind . Virtually all of the front groups promise a better future through honesty , compassion , charity and sacrifice .
We get drawn in thinking we will end human rights abuses, help free people from drug addiction , eradicate poverty , rehabilitate criminals and he better husbands , wives , mothers and fathers .
That is left out of the dialogue far too often . Are Scientologists deluded and sometimes delusional ? No doubt .Are they evil to the core and narcissists who are money motivated before they ever walk into an org ? For the overwhelming majority that is flat wrong . If you wanted to do good in Scientology I have great news - the world still has great need for that .And free from Scientology you actually have a chance to do that .
A small percentage of Scientologists are narcissists who are wealthy and love having their superiority"confirmed by science". You can call this the Cardone rule .
But please , please look at the introductory doctrine to see the lies a Scientologist is first drawn in with .If you were a Scientologist remember what attracted you and if you joined staff or the Sea Org you rapidly learn money is likely never going to be a reward for your efforts . That is not considered often by people who do not get to really know Scientology .