Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fake

L. Ron Hubbard was a Sci-Fi author, but most probably know him as the scam artist that invented Dianetics or Scientology.  Who hasn't been to a used bookstore and run across his little tome called Dianetics, which shows the volcano blowing up?  I'm old enough to remember the commercials on TV that hawked for new members to come and check out the new way to improve your life.  Even I was gullible enough to pick up the book and thumb through it just out of curiosity.   Heck, I probably might have even gone to one of the "churches" or whatever they're called just out of curiosity alone.  That's probably how they first bait someone, or try and coerce new members.  Glad I never did it after hearing some of the horror stories.

I had a friend that lived in Austin back in the 70s who did just that.  He went to the (I hate to legitimize them by calling it a religion or church) I'll call it a campus, and checked into what all it was about.   In Austin at one time, they had a big building right on the main drag across from the University of Texas to lure college students into their bogus religion.  That tells you how much money they had at one time (and still do, if not more) as real estate across the street from a major university isn't cheap.  So anyway, out of curiosity he visited for a while.  He related to me and my friend it wasn't for him, so he tried to leave, and even back then he said he got a lot of harassment in trying to do so.

People from Scientology would come by and bother him about coming back just to visit some more.  He never said why he left per se, but I imagine once they sprung on him the money angle to start buying into some of the books and all that, being a poor college student, he said, no way.

The lure for many was the promise of an eternity of spiritual enlightenment. Many young people from that era wanted to save the world or were searching for enlightenment and were among the first to fall victim to this cult. There are many layers of brainwashing going on - reincarnation and isolation from the outside world via the naming of a common enemy (in this case, psychiatry). The real deep, mostly little known story behind scientology is the intended genocide of all non-scientologists. L Ron Hubbard was really a psychotic malignant narcissist.

Another friend told me that there is a connection between Hubbard's thinking and the Eugenics Society (which inspired Hitler, btw) of the early 20th century. This has been whitewashed out of ALL American History textbooks.  Read here:  https://scientologymoneyproject.com/...y-is-genocide/

 Since the death of Hubbard, it was taken over by one of his underlings, David Miscavage.  He changed some of the aspects of scientology, and now it is an even bigger money making machine than ever.  This past week I have been watching the special on the A & E network with Leah Remini on her dealings with leaving the cult. She was indoctrinated into it as a child.  That's the sad part about it.  Many are introduced to it at an early age before they really have any choice on the matter by their parents.  Once that's done it's even harder to get out.

 British documentary maker Louis Theroux made a movie on Scientology last year, it is typically light-touch but does expose their bizarre and controlling methods. It's an interesting and diverting watch if it ever pops up on your networks.

The newest episode to the Leah Remini series comes on Tuesday.  They also rebroadcasted some of the other episodes this past Tuesday, so I got caught up.  It was very interesting as to how some of the influence, cognitive dissonance, thought stopping, brainwashing, etc. went on. All very powerful and very real. Not only that but they scam the IRS for a tax exemption.  For those who are interested, go here for a daily dose of what's behind the curtain of the most destructive cult in America, if not the world:  http://tonyortega.org/

4 Comments:

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

Robert Heinlein – who knew L. Ron – based the cult started by the Martian-raised Valentine Michael Smith in “Stranger in a Strange Land” on Scientology. How tongue-in-cheek he was being a reader can decide for himself.

A lot of people have trouble with the notion of a meaningless universe. It wears on them, and they seek some prepackaged meaning. Friedrich Nietzsche: “People will accept any how so long as they have a why.” A lot of folks seem to like Hubbard’s why. I’ve heard Remini talk about her experiences and seen some of the famous Scientology boosters talk it up. As a cheerful nihilist, it’s not my cup of tea for sure. But then, neither are competing cults with bizarre mythologies.

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Meaningless & Non-existence--I think that part disturbs a lot of people. It doesn't bother me really. Actually not having to worry about what is going to happen to my soul for all eternity disturbs me more. If you buy into some of the prepackaged philosophy I guess that fills the the gaps that you don't understand and the unknowns because being human, there are certainly a lot of those. But certain questions remain or should if you have a grain of salt of intelligence or curiosity. I guess those questions can be filled in later and everything will (or not) be made clear after death. Either way it makes life seem just that more amazing and splendid.

I didn't know that about Stranger in a Strange Land, but it doesn't surprise me.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Roman J. Martel said...

Yeah back in college I took a course in religion and our professor told us all about Hubbard and that quote you used at the beginning of your post. I'm just amazing that so many people buy into the whole thing. It just seems so outlandish... but then again so does more organized religion (to me anyway). South Park's take the whole thing was pretty funny (and crude and mean spirited, but expect nothing less from them).

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Well, let's face it, many of the people who got into Scientology did so rather blind and for many reasons. Leah Remini got into it via her mom, and then she was stuck there, captive, until she saw a light. Many people once in it, are deceived and more or less captive, though they wouldn't say that due to all the layers and layers of deception. I will say one thing about Hubbard and his successor, they thought out a very good way to keep their followers under their thumb. It's unbelievable to me what and how they've constructed the whole thing. I got very obsessive and compulsive on watching that and anything else I could find out about it. :)

I'll give it to Remini and the other guest (ex-Scientologist) on her show, they do explain in some ways how and why the believed the way they did. In the landmark 1956 sociological study, When Prophecy Fails, Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schachter join an apocalyptic UFO cult. When the prophesied time comes and goes, the cult members do not lose faith. Instead, they came up with an alternative explanation—God saved the world thanks to their work—and continued to preach their message with even greater vigor. The same thing happened in 2011 with doomsday prophet Harold Camping, whose followers eagerly awaited the end of the world on May 21, despite Camping’s repeated failures in the past.

 

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