(Section 10 of Part 3 – Why I Left the Church)
I have seen many reports of people who have been in “Ideal Orgs”. Virtually all of them have said that these buildings are relatively empty. I have also seen a few videos taken in front of “Ideal Orgs”. In the videos I’ve seen, there was no foot traffic and nothing going on in front of the orgs at all.
I know of only three “Ideal Orgs” that were said to have become Saint Hill Size: Johannesburg, Tampa and San Francisco. Since then, I’ve been told that the management structure that was in place in Johannesburg (when it became St Hill Size) was unmocked and moved to a newer “Ideal Org”. I have been told that the testing center for the Tampa org does not exist anymore and that Tampa’s even new building has 85,000 square feet of space which they cannot even fill 1/10th of.
In late 2010, I talked to one guy I know who had recently been on staff in Buffalo and when I asked him how that org was doing he was very conservative about it. I did not get the kind of response from him that I expected from someone who had been working at an org that was actually expanding the way an “Ideal Org” was supposed to be expanding.
Actually, Buffalo was one of the first orgs to become an “Ideal Org”, if not the first. I remember watching the video of the mayor of Buffalo setting the goal for the org to become Saint Hill size. It’s been about nine years and the org there has not become Saint Hill Size. Now you can criticize me for having a defeatist attitude about this (and you are certainly entitled to your own opinion) but, I think that’s it’s a mistake to overlook the contradiction. If this Ideal Org program were really THE program that was to solve the expansion of Scientology, it would not take nine years, after the opening of Buffalo’s new org, for it to become Saint Hill Size! From the reports I have, it’s still not even close to Saint Hill Size!
The last time I got information from a staff member in London, about two years ago, she said they had three auditors on staff. London’s new building opened up about two years before that. Are they St Hill Size yet? Not that I’ve heard. I haven’t received any news that they went from 3 auditors (two years after opening their new building) to a total of over 15 or 20 auditors as of this writing in March 2012. Have you?
I also talked to a lady who had just gotten off staff in Dallas. She was on staff at the beginning of the period where they had opened up their new building and then after. She told me they had, now, less than 10 staff and very little pay and low production. Though it may have not opened with that few staff, it soon dwindled down to less than 10. If this is too general, then find out for yourself. This is all the data that was available to me. The church does not publish its stats, which in itself is a huge outpoint.
The only information I have received about an “Ideal Org”, which showed expansion, was in late 2010 from someone who works at Washington DC. He said that they had over 400 Bodies in the Shop (combined for Day and Foundation orgs), about 100 or more Well Done Auditing Hours a week, 10 first starts, one Clear made a month and over 100 auditing hours a week on Dianetics co-audits. So that was an improvement since they had opened up their new building in late October 2009.
But now it has been two-and-a-half years since they opened their building and still, no Saint Hill Size. It’s great that they had an improvement in their production and I’m sure that it was due to a lot of hard and conscientious work and application of tech and policy. I commend anyone who had a part in that improvement. I’m sure there may be more “Ideal Orgs” that have had improved overall statistics.
But the point is this: if a group is going to go all-out on raising millions of dollars from public, many of which are taking out second mortgages on their homes, cleaning out their retirement and life insurance funds, spending tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars – that they could be spending on their Bridge or on raising their families – it had better be for a damned good reason! Moderately improved stats won’t cut it in this case. Even “much better” won’t cut it. An org that is pretty empty definitely doesn’t cut it. If the “Ideal Org” program was really THE solution to the expansion of Scientology (that it has been all cracked up to be), and if you are going to contribute and have others contribute as much as they are contributing to it, you should be expecting EVERY org that has their new building to be absolutely BOOMING.
St Hill Size should be diminutive and puny compared to what you should be expecting from a program that requires as much personal financial sacrifice from the public as the “Ideal Org” program does — not to mention the fact of taking staff off of their on-policy actions, such as establishment, coordination, service promotion, service sales, delivery and correction, for many years to raise the millions that each org needs to buy their new building.
I may not have all the stats of all the orgs that have their new buildings but, I can say with total certainty that, I haven’t seen anywhere near the amount of expansion that I would demand of such a program.
I think you should be expecting auditors being made in droves, orgs packed with students and pc’s every single day and swarms of new people coming in and cogniting. You should see thirty or more auditors actively auditing in the HGC and lots of field auditors auditing and selecting people into the org regularly. There should be lots of missions in that org’s area, all of them packed with new public.
Isn’t this what you thought the Ideal Org program was supposed to produce? I did — before I actually read the policies that it violated and wondered if it was really happening.
If you think that LRH policy is insufficient and that we need David Miscavige to figure out a new way to expand, then I can understand why you would excuse his violations of LRH policy, as long as you didn’t also observe the results. But I would strongly recommend that you intelligently investigate the situation before coming to that conclusion.
If you want to disagree with LRH, that is surely your prerogative. But, I wouldn’t recommend that you pretend to yourself that you are in agreement with LRH policy when in fact you are agreeing with, supporting and contributing to COB’s unusual solutions that clearly violate it and which are destroying the viability of the church as a whole.
So, in conclusion regarding the “Ideal Org” program, before you continue to give kudos to David Miscavige for his great leadership, if that is what you are doing; and before you conclude that only an SP or PTS would ever have anything bad to say about how he goes about running the church or how he treats his juniors, I think you ought to look for yourself into whether he really has the stats he claims to have and whether or not he really is the expert on LRH policy that he has always given the appearance of being.
This utter disregard for policy, which is something I can see with my own eyes, is a major contributing factor in 1) my believing what some former church members are saying about COB that I can’t see for myself, and 2) my decision to leave. But more on both of those is to come.