There is no such thing as the “Deal of a Lifetime”. In nearly every instance, what appears to be “too good to be true”, is nothing more than a con. To enter into such an agreement, one must consider all unspoken consequences and the impact to others.
Sure, they will lure you in with allusions of grandeur, fame, riches, and other false rewards, but at what cost? Are you willing to lose your integrity, honesty, or virtues? In taking the “easy” route or “quick fix”, how can you then look at your friends, family, or coworkers and not feel embarrassed or ashamed that you have “sold out” to another group or individual(s)?
Group dynamics can be inspiring, thought-provoking, and healthy. They can also be cold, callous, and mind-numbing. It is key to understand how the group is organized and maintained. Are you joining a group that requires secrecy, has a clear dictatorial hierarchy, and punishes for disobeying strict rules of conduct or thoughts? Are you expected to mirror the ideas and values of the leadership, even if you might not agree all the time?
And, what do you gain from this “partnership”? Will the benefits continue even if you fall out of favor with the group, or decide to leave? Or, are they specific to your continued acceptance to be “managed” by the group leadership?
As for the leadership, do you know the “true” agenda or goal? And, are you sure you do? Do you know why you were approached to become a member in the first place? Do they acknowledge your thoughts and ideas, are they quick to dismiss or criticize, or do they spoon-feed information to you? Are you willing to provide personal details or information with the expectation that they will remain private? Or, have you ever felt betrayed by the leadership?
Regarding existing interpersonal relationships, are you required to hide your “membership”, or are you asked/expected to relay information back to the group? Should your relationship with this group become known, are you directed to deny or deflect, and would you face consequences from the group, if you confirm that fact?
While I admittedly don’t have answers to all these questions, I am confident that I neither belong to a secret group, nor follow anybody’s orders when it comes to Co$. My words and posts are my own – unless it’s an obvious retweet ;). I’m not beholden to anyone but me, and that’s where I want to be. You may agree, or you may disagree with what I do or say, but you can be assured that I believe in what I’m doing. I believe that many of us have been inspired by #ScientologytheAftermath, #GoingClear, #TheUndergroundBunker, #MyScientologyMovie, #Troublemaker, #Ruthless, the countless stories of former members, or other reasons. We may share common ideas, but I do not receive directions from others or force others to adopt mine.
To me, the focus are the policies, actions, and beliefs that lead to abuse, disconnection, silencing of critics, or smearing of former members. This is what inspires me to Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard. The reward is knowing that you did what you could to make sure there are no additional victims.