Somehow Steve Hall came up with the idea, or knowingness, that when 500 people stood up, told the sociopath David Miscavige ‘no’ to his campaign to wipe Scientology from the face of earth, and vowed to take action to salvage Scientology a tipping point would be achieved. A tipping point is a term of art defined as follows in Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point:
…the moment of critical mass, the threshhold, the boiling point.
(The Tipping Point – Little, Brown and Company)
In my view, the tipping point in the case of Independent Scientology is that point where the quantum of free theta (spirit, life force, elan vital) in the Scientology world outstrips the quantum of entheta (encysted and disturbed life force). Of course, per Science of Survival by L. Ron Hubbard and his wonderful lectures on the book, free theta disenturbulates entheta and entheta enturbulates theta. The goal and activity of the Scientologist becomes simplicity itself according to this theta/entheta balance construct. That is, restore free theta to a being, a group, an environment, or an activity to the point where the quantum of theta is greater than the quantum of entheta. If that can be accomplished the universe concerned by its own accord begins converting entheta to more free theta.
I don’t know why, but Steve’s estimation of effort along this line resonated as accurate to me. That is, I have been in agreement with his 500 Independence announcements theory from the moment he uttered it. So far the numbers have aligned with my own evaluation of the many other factors on so many fronts we have engaged in to save Scientology from Miscavige’s jaws of defeat. That is, knowing a lot about various causes and effects over the past three years, knowing a lot about what is still in store, knowing about various overt and quiet underground railroad and delivery activities around the world, and having a perceptive and informative finger on the Scientology Inc. pulse, the Indie 500 list at Scientology-cult.com is almost like an odometer accurately measuring progress.
To put it in practical terms let’s examine the numbers. As of this morning 366 veteran Scientologists have stood, identified themselves, and spoken out. By all the multitude of indicators gleaned by the multiple viewpoint system of data collection and analysis available to me, I am of the view that we are about 73.2% of the way home (366 divided by 500 equals .732).
Steve has been promoting the Indie 500 list for a couple years now. I am making a pitch here for people to encourage others to stand up and be recognized as free thinking, responsible Scientologists by signing on. Others who stand up after the 500 target is achieved will be recognized and be appreciated. Knowing Steve, in keeping with LRH’s injunction to keep Scientology as the game where everyone wins, he’ll quickly and quietly turn it into the Indie 1000 list. But, to me the first five hundred will always constitute a special group of individuals. Call them pioneers. Call them trailblazers. Call them heroes. I will recognize them as those fellow courgeous souls who stood up when it wasn’t so safe to do so. I think we’ll all recognize one another as those who made it safer for the rest to step out into the sunshine. Sure, there are vicissitudes to come for some time into the future. But, I have a feeling by the time we reach 500 none of those future challenges will require as much personal strength, sacrifice and courage as the ones the first 500 will have faced and overcome. The point is, get on board with the Indie 500. It is a group well worth being part of. The Indie 500 will be remembered as the ones who had the wisdom and courage to realize that the harder evil comes, the harder it falls.