Martin Foster was involved with Scientology from 1978 to 1995. For part of that time he was in the Sea Org at Gold base near Hemet, CA. He had reached OT III. When asked why he stayed in Scientology he stated,
“I stayed in because the goal of OT seemed cool, it seemed there were some really decent people who had very high goals, to help LRH clear the planet, etc.”
So what caused him to doubt Scientology?
Hearing of people going psycho and being ‘babysat’. poor food, inhuman hours, shoddy living conditions, injustices.
So what was the final straw in leaving Scientology?
I became disillusioned. Auditing never was smooth to me. Some of it seemed degrading. OT levels were bizarre. I started to think that some of the things LRH said was extreme. Disagreements with various polices or tech. Final straw was watching an OT VIII, Class VIII Scn disintegrate and become insane.
And finally Martin states: I think LRH became obsessed and paranoid and ultra-serious at a certain point. ‘This is a deadly serious activity,’ ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable’ etc. People seemed very judgemental of each other. The people who seemed to go up the Bridge were only the very rich or the very arrogant, (sometimes both). Everyone else struggled with high prices and barely make progress.
I think some of the tech is workable, some of it the insane rantings of a madman.
To read the full exit report Martin made go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?204