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  1. Grace.......it's amusing to me whenever I have conversations with ex-twiers who STILL cling to wierwille-doctrine and clichés, yet....when "the rubber hits the road" as the conversation deepens, usually they are clinging to the social aspects and "friendships." When it comes to people "getting to the place where they know that they know".................they don't.
  2. Exactly..........pfal was just window-dressing for the company store. ........and corps were trained to give you directions to the store.
  3. ................Nicely put.
  4. The psychology of idolatry.......specifically, wierwille-idolatry. Whether it's Facebook, splinter groups or just simply old "cult friends"...............the adulation/idolatry heaped onto wierwille after all these years is astounding. While they hold up their King James Bible in one hand......they sing from the "Glory Be To Wierwille" Songbook in the other. The stanzas are sung with repetitive gusto ........as splinter groups pass around their horns of plenty. Cha-ching, cha-ching to the money-changers. First and foremost, the Scriptures speak directly and forcefully against excessive reverence to any man.......yet, it matters not to these folk. They ascribe to the Holy Writ......and yet, they don't. Hey, it's fun to cherry-pick your verses and still hold spiritual authority over others, doncha know? Wierwille did it. Why not? The psychology of idolatry is driven by emotions, nostalgia and mystique-reverence of another person or thing.......not reasoning and logic. Who is standing behind the curtains at S.O.W.E.R.S.?...........some old-timers invested in wierwille-idolatry. Who is on the payroll of splinter groups?.............self-appointed opportunists who are "keepers of the flame." Who extols their Facebook "wall" with wierwille propaganda?.................someone with cognitive dissonance. Weeks ago, someone came to GSC and posted the virtues of "all nine all the time." To me, it was surreal......like an early-1980s time capsule. Hearing this advanced class cliché that was phased out and shelved in the archives of twi-lore.......and still, someone clings to it with a reverent embrace......and it was a FALSEHOOD. Psychology, the science dealing with the mind and its mental and emotional processes......and idolatry have hit on an inflection point. It just seems to me that without persistent and logical application to break such emotions and cult nostalgia.......one has little chance of connecting the dots and changing course. But hey...........nobody said that breaking the chains of cults would be easy.
  5. Oh yeah............so many times! Thanks OldSkool for starting this thread years ago. It speaks more volumes in the cult today.
  6. In so many ways.......the WOW "program" was flawed six ways from sunday. It was deemed to be separate and distinct from the local believers....ie communication ran thru the "wow coordinator" and not the regular way-tree setup. Remember......8 hours of "witnessing" a day was in the wow handbook. Who really beat the streets or knocked doors for 8 hours a day? What was minimum wage back in '77? Try working 4-6 hrs/day and take home $20-22 a day ....... and survive "abundantly" [barf] Then..........drive your car all over town to witness. Ugh. Car maintenance/ car repairs / gas expense ALL THE WAR STORIES........being a martyr on the wow field. Buncha crap. When did WIERWILLE ever go witnessing? knock doors? witness 8 hrs a day? Hypocrites and enablers pushing the youth to go knock doors.......
  7. YIKES.......now, you blame all this on "youth" and "ineptness?" Mike, here is what inept looks like...................The filming of pfal........and blunders
  8. The Psychology of Authority = Every Adult at Indiana Campus Carried a Wooden Spoon Every adult was given the authority to discipline any child/teenager for their behavior or attitude (or perceived attitude) The wooden spoon was a constant reminder that, in the presence of any adult, the adult carried ultimate authority Was every confrontation necessary....or times when an ego-driven adult was looking to express authority? Wouldn't it have been an interesting study to see how young teenagers viewed those two-years of in-residence submission? What instances were wooden spoons used? How often were these confrontations? When was the adult wrong on perceived judgment of a situation?
  9. In 2 hours...........the 2nd Season begins with Leah Remini exposing Scientology on A&E. What else will we see during this season's episodes? The Psychology of Authority........and how it infiltrates down Not just the leaders, but the whole system..... Everyone in the system is empowered to defend Scientology...... Lest the ministry....er, Scientology be blamed
  10. Roll away, roll away, roll away..........every butt is now a-hurtin' let us pray.
  11. Well that just sucks........... I remember one lunchtime lecture that we got for using too much toilet paper. They tried to drive home the point that two-squares of toilet paper would be sufficient to do your business and get off the pot. OMG.........freakin-unbelievable. What these idiot leaders did not realize is that corps were taking reams of toilet paper off the rolls and USING IT FOR KLEENEX to save money!! Since we sat in class forever and in close proximity to cult hugging.......when someone got a cold or flu, it spread rapidly. Lots of coughing and running noses........and toilet paper in abundance.
  12. Yeah........it is amazing how some cult zealots could sink to the level of pond scum parasites, lockstep loyalists and cult cowards, THEN lie and deceive their way out of Austin in the middle of the night.........and surface and post "their wonderful life and successful careers." What?.........no apologies forthcoming to the dozens and dozens that they attempted to destroy? Don't expect one, don't need one. Yep...........and once again there are those, like the lallys, that NEVER help to mitigate the evil done.....NEVER lift a finger to expose the evil underpinnings of The Way International Cult.........NEVER post on GSC.
  13. T-Bone.......or flip it around the other way; namely, smug "street-smart" folk entered the corps program as opportunists and frauds. Remember all the crazy street/park/apartment witnessing we did thru the years. Knocking doors and pounding the pavement to get someone....anyone to take the class? How many of them (us) were still in our youth? still searching for identity? in the drug culture? high school or college drop-outs? wanting to ditch your past abuse or divorce? no career goals in sight? So......along comes this "opportunity to climb a spiritual ladder and really 'make' something of yourself?" Who here at GSC hasn't heard about ....... rosalie f. shumate. She didn't go WOW or ever serve as a twig coordinator on the field.....nope. Straight from being a divorced teacher to family corps! Bamm......now she had spiritual cred, because she kept her butt in a seat at the Indiana campus. Whoop-dee-doo. Straight-up opportunist and fraud, to boot. And then, there's that old pesky 80-20 rule,....ie pareto principle where 80% of the bullying, intimidation and manipulation comes from 20% of the guards (corps leaders). Even in that Stanford prison experiment.....things escalated rapidly on the second day when that ONE GUARD took every situation to another level of intimidation and humiliation of the prisoners. That one guy set the stage for other guards to follow.....and the bullying exponentially multiplied.
  14. "Guards and prisoners were playing the role of their authority, which is subjective. They may have not acted the same in real life situations. In particular, the environment and authority roles they found themselves in changed their actions." Corps grads and cult-followers were/are playing the role of their so-called "spiritual authority over others" which was/is subjective. They WOULD NOT act the same in real life......in the workplace, marketplace, or wherever. The roles of the cult influenced their surroundings, environment and authority with which they found themselves in the cult. Each and every meeting, function, and activity strengthened their authoritative role and diminished the follower who stayed submissive. Chris Geer relishes the authority role of guard......"guardian of the wierwille mystique." John Lynn basks in the self-glory of guard............"and keeper of the pfal-secrets." Walter Cummins enjoys being the warden............"overseeing the biblical research complex." Corps grads who fawn over wierwille-adulation embrace the nostalgia of the good-old days. .
  15. We were allotted $20 per month for expenditures....... Some corps had sponsors who sent them gift boxes with toothpaste, deodorant, floss, cookies or whatever. But still......$20 didn't go very far when you slapped quarters into washers/dryers every week, vending machines for a snack, and a couple donuts or beer on Saturday. They said this would teach us to be financially responsible with money......but really, this was just ANOTHER way to control us.