I recently recognized that the Independent Movement has reached a major, stable Milestone.
Some background is in order. Several Corporate Scientology networks (OSA, Snr HCO, etc) have spend unprecedented treasure and resources over the past two years attempting to undermine and cripple the TRUTH that is the Independent Movement.
First and foremost in Miscavige’s arsenal has been the DISCONNECT card, buttressed by a small army of OSA Intelligence agents and forest-destroying tomes of “dead agent” (discredit and third party) material aimed at Independents.
Over the past two years every slightest disagreement between Independents has been mercilessly trounced upon by OSA agents in attempts to drive wedges, alloy affinities, corrupt loyalties and turn brother against brother and sister against sister.
It dawned on me just this week how we have overcome this orchastrated assault upon our friendships. I recognized it when I got in comm with folk I was started this trek out with. Folk who have gone their own directions. Some of them I think believe I am bat shit crazy for continuing to defend L Ron Hubbard and practice Scientology. Some of them think I am dead wrong to continue to openly defy and call out Miscavology for corrupting LRH’s legacy as they believe that only brings more heat upon the outside, independent practice of Scientology. Some of them I believe are irresponsible for giving Miscavige and company a pass, and some of them I am sincerely sad for, for having forsaken what I consider a workable technology.
Regardless, all of them clearly consider me a friend till the end, and the feeling is mutual. Through all the bullshit third party campaigns, the three dozen or so anti-Independent websites, the dozens of agents sent in to disrupt and disaffect – our affinity and respect has only increased.
It dawned on me that TARGET ONE has been achieved with flying colors. Disconnect has been rendered ineffective, nay, been converted into a strengthening agent in the bonds of friendship.
Sincerely, to each and every one of you who has not permitted your affinity to be alloyed through all this, my heartfelt thanks. To every one of you who chose not to turn on a friend, who despite fundamental disagreements decided to see the good in your fellows, who wouldn’t listen to third party and propaganda about people of good will, who helped when a friend said “hey, I need help”, God bless you. It is people like you who make the world go round.
To all you all, from Khalil Gibran:
And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.” And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart; For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and the sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds morning and is refreshed.