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Miscavology: The Kansas City Stock Yard of Religions

Perfecting the art of the trap

There are entire industries dedicated to the efficient movement of crowds of people. Buses, trains, roller coasters, museums, theme parks, cruise ships, stadiums.

I’m sure you’ve seen them.

I was struck by this several years ago when I visited Legoland California in Carlsbad. The arrangement of the exhibits and rides, the walkways, the guard rails, the spacing of the snack bars, the positioning of restrooms, the parking, the ticketing, the admission gates…every element I was looking at matched exactly the arrangement of the same items at Sea World, or Disneyland, or Six Flags, or Universal Studios. Etc, etc, etc.

My logical conclusion was: there must be people studying this stuff and using the studies to create environments that can handle masses of people with minimum collisions or conflicts.

If that’s the case, I asked myself, why is it so impossible to get away from a Scientology Int event?

I remember spending an hour trying to get out of an event at the Shrine Auditorium once.

I couldn’t leave out the door I came in through.

Instead, I was herded, like a lamb to slaughter, through tiny fire exits and cramped hallways into a darkened exhibit hall that had its only exit as far as possible from the entry door.

In my Brownian-motion attempt to get out, I kept bumping into salesmen, materials insultants, registrars, survey takers, questionnaire administrators, donation solicitors, recruiters, activity directors, and docents wanting to guide me into the jaws of the rest of the obstacles.

It was right after this torture I decided to no longer attend Scientology’s off-policy Int Events.

A few years later, I was at Comdex held in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Comdex itself applied the technology of moving masses of people efficiently through an area. I remarked to myself how such a gargantuan event could handle so many people without anyone feeling tortured.

However, when I got back to the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, I realized that Las Vegas hotel designers use an opposite technology. Instead, they design the hotel so you can’t get to your room without going through some part of the casino. In other words, they create obstacles to the efficient passage of people.

I asked myself if the Church used the barrier-tech when setting up Int Events.

Well, with the 2011 Dianetics Day event, I found the answer to my question.

This chart was sent to orgs and Missions setting up Dianetics Day Events:

Did you notice anything odd about the chart? Yes, of course, it’s set up to provide the maximum amount of barriers to your getting out. Yes, you can’t get refreshments without running the entire gauntlet. Yes, what looks like the exit door is as far as possible from the entrance door.

It’s hard to spot, but there’s a huge omitted in the chart.

The “exit door” doesn’t have any flow lines going out of it.

I’m wagering it wasn’t an accident. It’s intentional.


Did you ever apply for a divorce? It takes a while, doesn’t it? You don’t walk down to the county clerk’s office and go over and see a person. Hm-mm. Actually, by all jurisprudence and precedent, it should work that he who makes an honor or award or a contract should be able to break the contract. A minister of the gospel should be permitted to divorce people with no friction or pain or strain.

Anyway, the fact of this universe is that it’s easy to enter and hard to leave, which is all the point I’m driving home. They keep people from participating, you see. They make them resist anything which keeps them from participating, until the person inverts and obsessively participates.

David Miscavige: epitomizing the MEST universe with the intention of trapping people into obsessively participating.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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Centurion  on May 26th, 2011

Oh does this bring back the memories…

I remember at the Shrine years ago I wanted to leave right after the event. They had SO standing at parade rest almost arm to arm in front of the exit doors that one sees on their left as they enter the hallway where all the exhibits are. I paused and thought, what would happen if I tried to get out? I imagine it would have gotten ugly. I didn’t try.

I remember having my first thoughts of “cult” when I saw that. Oddly enough, I do not remember seeing that occur during my first visit to the Shrine with David St L back then. I actually had a nice time that night. Met lots of nice people.

The last time I went it had devolved into a rather cold and pressure filled used car lot atmosphere.

Love your articles, POT.

Keep them coming.

John Doe  on May 29th, 2011

Oh yea, this has been going along for some time….

I remember in the 90s, on course at AOLA, and one Friday night, just as end of course is called, an IAS reg enters the room, and an assistant closes the friggin’ door! Message is clear: “You are not getting out of here until you ante up.”

We all sat there and listened to the latest dire emergency pitch, then I, seething inside and hoping it didn’t show too much, got up and uttered something to the reg about calling him later and left the room at the first opportunity.

This behavior toward their customers is almost like it is designed to blow people off.

Fellow Traveller  on May 29th, 2011

Not sure which is more appropriate — the Monty Python skit “Bring Out Your Dead” or Mooooove on over, livestock for slaughter.

Bruce Pratt

plainoldthetan  on June 7th, 2011

I’m vastly disappointed no one commented on the similiarities between Las Vegas Hotel barrier-tech and Miscavology barrier-tech.

Especially that both are employed to empty your pockets.

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