Afraid to leave Scientology? Ex-members describe their lives after David Miscavige - 2020-11-13
Reader Science Doc had a great suggestion. He pointed out that Scientologists are indoctrinated to believe the outside world is mysterious and dangerous, making it difficult for some to leave even when they're feeling frustrated by church leader David Miscavige's focus on extreme fundraising and other abuses.
But for those who did take the leap and overcame their fears to leave Scientology, what did they find on the other side? How would they describe the difference between what they were warned about life after Scientology, and how it turned out to be? We decided to ask.
Clarissa Adams: If I hadn't left the Sea Org when I was 20 I'd have missed out on quite a bit but the most important things to me are my children. I'm so glad I didn't miss my chance at becoming a mother. Oh, and happiness! Man, I was just so damn miserable working there. If I hadn't then finally left Scientology itself, 2 kids and way too many years later, I'd have missed out on deeper, more meaningful relationships with both my family and my friends. It's hard to fully trust even your life long friends and your family when there is a very real chance that they would report on things you said or did to the church. And it's hard to connect with new friends if you think you're somehow better than them simply because you are a Scientologist and they are not.