The "Church" is of course against the very idea of informed consent.
Here is something I find very interesting. It is from "My Philosophy" - by L. Ron Hubbard and is on page one, volume 6 of The Technical [HCOBs and BTBs] Bulletins, first printing 1976, copyright by L. Ron Hubbard:
"So my own philosophy is that one should share what wisdom he has, one should help others to help themselves, and one should keep going despite heavy weather for there is always a calm ahead. One should also ignore catcalls from the selfish intellectual who cries: 'Don't expose the mystery. Keep it all for ourselves. The people cannot understand.'" [6th from last paragraph]
"The old must give way to the new, falsehood must become exposed by truth, and truth, though fought, always in the end prevails." [last paragraph]
So, I guess this means one should ignore the selfish intellectual ["Church" leader/lawyer ?] who cries for us not to expose the mystery ["upper levels"].One should not let the "Church" keep their secrets to themselves [their members].
I think LRH was very wrong in saying "the people cannot understand." I believe that when allowed to view the "upper level" material, most people DO see what a piece of GARBAGE it is. Truth DOES prevail in the end. The idea that truth prevails was not Hubbard's original idea.
In my opinion, the "Church" fights to protect their "upper level" material, NOT because a person needs to attain a certain level of "spiritual enlightenment" or whatever, but because when allowed to have access to the upper levels, a common, ordinary, everyday "WOG" can easily perceive what a bunch of CRAP it is !!
The "Church" is of course against the very idea of informed consent. To allow someone to FIND OUT, prior to any serious involvement in $cientology, what the "upper levels" consist of, would naturally cause many, if not most people to ask themselves if they believed the GARBAGE before shelling out huge sums of money ! This of course would have a SERIOUS and MAJOR impact on the "Church's" BANK ACCOUNTS ! How many people do you suppose would willingly pay thousands of dollars for the GARBAGE ?
Seems LRH also said something to the effect of to beware anyone who wanted a monopoly on Dyinetics - that the motive could only be for reasons of money. Anyone have the source reference and actual quote ?
Miss X - another Old Timer (and Big Brother's BIG Sister)