Blog: Why Scientologists Don't FSM - 2016-07-16
Another in the continuing series of essays from Terra Cognita. See earlier posts: Respect, The Survival Rundown - The Latest Scam, Communication in Scientology... Or Not, Am I Still A Thetan?, To Be Or Not To Be, An Evaluation of Scientology, Fear: That Which Drives Scientology and Justification and Rationalization.
I ran across an old evaluation of the local Scientology scene in which the ED determined that seventy-five percent of all new people had come in off the FSM line back in the org's heyday—which was a good thirty-five years ago. Now? No one brings anyone into the org anymore. Except for a handful of old timers redoing old courses, the place is a morgue. For some reason, Scientologists aren't FSMing new people into orgs. OT's aren't FSMing. Hardcore lifers aren't FSMing. Staff aren't FSMing. Ron isn't FSMing. Nobody is FSMing.
FSM stands for Field Staff Member. Per LRH, an FSM's purpose is to help him "contact, handle, salvage and bring to understanding the individual and thus the peoples of earth." "FSM's get people into Scientology by disseminating to bring about an understanding of what Scientology can do thus creating a desire for service and selecting the person for that service." All Scientologists are automatically appointed FSM's and expected to bring new people into the church—or "to FSM." These new people are called "selectees."