||[Jun. 30th, 2005|04:14 pm]
After all the press about Tom Cruise going nuts in public, I did a little googling and found the full text of the book "Bare Faced Messiah" on line, which is an unauthorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard. It is an apparently well-researched book, and is a decent read. If even 1/10th of it is true, it definitely shows Scientology to be a complete crock of shit -- if there was any doubt at all.|
What amazes me is that people who must have something going for them to get to where they are in life -- John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Beck, etc -- seem to have swallowed said crock of shit whole.
Having grown up in a Mormon family, I have first hand experience with the same sort of cult. The founder of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, was also a charismatic con artist. If you look at any sort of historical accounts aside from those the LDS church puts out, this is pretty non-controversial. And once they got to Utah, they did all sorts of crazy things. Yet now, the Mormons are regarded as a more or less mainstream religion.
And yet, there are plenty of sincere people who have unswerving devotion to both LDS and Scientology. Hell I've no doubt that a lot of people's lives have been improved by joining those Churches, and a thousand others. It could well be that all the world's religions are nothing more than cults started by conmen, and what separates the cults from the religions is longevity.
It's enough to make you think that believing in something -- no matter how improbable, slip-shod, or loony -- improves people's lives. Of course, it's demostrable that it ruins other people's lives at the same time.
Of course Scientology is patently full of shit. The enmity between Scientologists and Psychiatry is a perfect example. While psychiatry is not above criticism, there's certainly a body of work that has been done since the time of Freud that stands up better to criticism way better than Scientology.
2005-06-30 03:19 pm (UTC)
i think you are pretty much correct. i actually don't have much beef with the bat shit crazy folks (that can be entertaining after all), but i have a dislike for the evangelical who don't respect my right to be left alone.
overall, many people clearly benefit from a sense of belonging. some people crave it more than others and have a higher dependence. i have my dependency too. bacon, for example, or the kyma. whatever, as long as it doesn't intrude on my life, i don't care. sadly right now, we seem to be in a period where evangelical anything is winning the day.
It could well be that all the world's religions are nothing more than cults started by conmen, and what separates the cults from the religions is longevity.
This is generally my line of thinking.
beck is a scientologist??!!??
Wow, you were raised Mormon? Wow. When did you break away, and how did your family take it?
Well, it's a long story, but my step-dad wasn't mormon, and my mom's commitment to it was pretty tenuous, though she made a point of having my brother and I go. Then, when I was 14 I had had enough, and didn't really get too much static from either of them...