Re: Steve Brackett - OT - commits suicide I believe this is true of most religions, but Scientology knowingly exploits it. Existential angst is universal for humans, as a consequence of the is/ought gap. Most people don't know what the is/ought gap is, but deep down they know that there's something fundamentally wrong with their ideas on objective ethics, meaning, purpose, and so on. This causes a deep-seated cognitive dissonance. When Scientology gives a person a personality test or stress test and works to 'find your ruin', they're trying to find that dissonance and make you uncomfortable. The funny thing is, Scientology does nothing to alleviate, acknowledge, or address the cause of existential angst - they just pretend that there IS an objective meaning or purpose, and that that objective purpose is to fulfill the goals of Scientology. So people put the angst out of their mind and trust the leadership who is providing them a purpose, rather than seeking a purpose themselves. Of course, someone who is self-actualized and understands existentialism will not have a 'ruin', and Scientology would be unable to find one. Scientology does not make it their aim to produce such people - and, in fact they feel quite threatened by such people.