Ever notice that you never hear Marty Rathbun tell the real story of why he blew? Oh sure, you’ll hear that he was disgruntled (to put it mildly) with “conditions in the Church.” Things became “unbearable” for Marty… untenable, unacceptable, blah, blah, blah. Yet despite his “ultra-high” position in the Church, he was unable to improve the imagined conditions he whines about to this day.
In fact you will hear from Rathbun (and his fellow apostates, to a man or woman) everything but the real reason they abandoned their codes of honor and blew. You will hear every complaint imaginable under the sun, except the one that will open the door to the handling of their miserable condition.
You will never hear them say “I committed a lot of severe overts over a long period of time and finally had to remove myself from the group I was harming and start to manufacture reasons why those overts weren’t as bad as they look, and somehow ‘justify’ them.”
Yet this is the sole reason why Rathbun, Rinder, and the few apostates they’ve gathered around them blew and do what they are doing.
As LRH said in “Blow Offs”:
“People leave because of their own overts and withholds. That is the factual fact and the hard-bound rule. A man with a clean heart can’t be hurt. The man or woman who must must must become a victim and depart is departing because of his or her own overts and withholds. It doesn’t matter whether the person is departing from a town or a job or a session. The cause is the same.
Almost anyone, no matter his position, can remedy a situation no matter what’s wrong if he or she really wants to. When the person no longer wants to remedy it his own overt acts and withholds against the others involved in the situation have lowered his own ability to be responsible for it. Therefore he or she does not remedy the situation. Departure is the only apparent answer. To justify the departure the person blowing off dreams up things done to him, in an effort to minimize the overt by degrading those it was done to. The mechanics involved are quite simple.”