While I was on the EPF in the Excalibur building in NYC in the early 90s I noticed a culture of complete obedience and compliance to authority in the Sea Org . The students all would answer the roll call "aye" every time and I had gotten used to saying "here" from going to an academy in a class V org . I answered "here" and the other students looked at me like I had just stabbed a baby - EVERY time . I thought it was odd that we set aside all freedom to safeguard freedom .
I tried something else too . I arranged to have a conversation with another student where a sup could hear us on purpose and worked in saying very loudly and clearly that "it is okay to disagree and have your own ideas on some things " . The sup freaked out looked super serious , grim and determined and came over and asked what was going on . I saw the other student run away , but he played his part for me ( without knowing it ) and I told the sup it was okay to have different ideas .
He looked more furious and I calmly explained how we could have different ideas . I then hit him with the kicker - a logical example . I said he could like vanilla ice cream and I could like chocolate and it would be okay .
The sup looked ready to blast me- then he was stunned and confused . He froze and kept going over what I said and the Scientology references he USUALLY directs people to when they are not obedient and submissive and could not figure out HOW to tell me to clear a word or read KSW or ...what to do.
His confidence shattered and he stood for a minute that felt like forever . He finally muttered " well , that doesn't matter" and uncomfortably looked down and with extreme cognitive dissonance in a hazy fog walked away . He was befuddled on even where to walk in the course-room he had for years .
He was so used to the idea that people are not allowed to have ANY of their own ideas that he could not understand any ideas on anything being allowed other than Hubbard's .
Following is a group of quotes on having your own ideas that eventually becomes a total denial of them :
People have following the route mixed up with "the right to have their own ideas."
Scientology, exactly and correctly followed, takes the person up and out of the mess.
So put the feet of students and preclears on that route. Don't let them off of it no
matter how fascinating the side roads seem to them. And move them on up and out.
Squirreling is today destructive of a workable system.
Don't let your party down. By whatever means, keep them on the route. And they'll be free. If you don't, they won't. HCO POLICY LETTER OF 14 FEBRUARY 1965 SAFEGUARDING TECHNOLOGY