One of the most interesting things I find about Scientology is that in spite of all the evil that is apparent in it and all the commercial
exploitation in it's church is that it works. Like any religion it invokes peace and self-worth in it's followers. That's why so many adhere to it.
I am an avid fan of XenuTV
and I have witnessed the ugly behavior of some of it's followers.
I was raised Catholic and as I grew older I had to come to grasps with all the evil the Catholic Church has done in the cause of good. To me that
still doesn't undo the inherent good that lies in the heart of a true Catholic or Christian. (and I should say that I don't think there really was a
Jesus Christ in the flesh, but to me that doesn't really matter, it is the message of Christ, not the man that matters). I don't need Scientology or
Christianity to rid me of my "negative" feelings or Thetans or whatever you want to call them.
Scientology, as I have come to understand it, makes sense. I don't agree with their their condemnation of Psychology but to me that sounds very
similiar to the Christian Scientists. Psychiatry works for some and Scientology works for others. Neither is going to cure cancer.
I have had no formal scientology training, heck I haven't even taken the "personality test" and I never will as I have no interest in organized
religion or anything where someone will "show me the way". I have found "the way" within myself as I believe we all must do, but my way is not
necessarily your way. I learned this when I was 9 years old and The Who released "Tommy".
I am not talking about Xenu and aliens or any of that crap, to me it is no different than Adam and Eve or Noah and his Ark. They are metaphors to
those who have no other way to understand, and L Ron Hubbard was a sci-fi writer. (A poor one at that, as if Battlefield Earth wasn't a great
The evils and corruption that have attached themselves to Scientology is no surprise. It happens to everything that exists, it is the way of entropy.
Second Law of Thermodynamics
L Ron Hubbard's greed accelerated it's approach
and probably caused it to be exaggerated and/but it is no better or worse than any religion I have found but I think it does have it's place in
It seems to me that Scientology's commercial aspect has hastened it's corruption/entropy. If they really mean what they preach I think it should be
free and reachable to everyman or at least reasonable. Since it might have been commercially motivated it is no surprise that they appear to use their
money to intimidate their opponents. If someone opposes it it decreases it's influence and therefore it's profitablity. To me that is lamentable. It
decreases the beauty of the truth in any form or place whether it be Christianity, Islam, Scientology, or anything that you believe in.
Many people point out Tom Cruise's jumping on Oprah's couch over Katie Holmes and say, "Look the guy is crazy". I must say if I had Katie Holmes
loving me, I would probably be jumping up and down on somebody's couch too.
( Might I add I am no fan of Tom Cruise and I do own a "Save
Katie" T-Shirt) but that is all tongue-in-cheek.
So to me, Scientology, like any religion is corrupt and should be watched and kept on the straight and narrow but the help that it brings to it's
adherents should be respected. Maybe what I mean is the old saying of "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater".
So I do condemn many of the actions of the Church of Scientology as I do many of the Catholic Church, or Islamic extremists, but I do not condemn the
spirit of it. As the desiderata said, "With all it's sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world".
Peace and balance to all