2000 LITERATI CONTEST
If an individual is incapable of adjusting himself to his environment so as to get along with or obey or command his fellows, or, more importantly, if he is incapable of adjusting his environment, then he can be considered to be "insane."
If this statement is true for an organization, as well as an individual, then Scientology is an "insane" organization, because it has a very difficult time getting along with folks with differing viewpoints.
In fact, as indicated above, it has a policy-driven compulsion to harass and "utterly destroy" its critics.
OSA tries very hard to "adjust" the environment for Scientologists, to the exclusion of the non-Scientology world. In the physical body when cells start "adjusting" themselves to conform the environment to their own program, that is called cancer. In this organization, it is called standard operating procedure.
Another form of insanity evident within Scientology is called sophistry. It has its roots in ancient Greece.
The Sophists were professional teachers for hire, usually retained by wealthy households. One of the original Sophists was Protagoras. He stated, "Man is the measure of all things." This concept led to the main doctrine of the Sophists, which is that whatever appears to be the case for you is true even though to me it is false.
Sound familiar? Scientology's version of this concept is "what is true for you is what you observe." This statement says that any real or objective truth, morality, or religion is impossible. All reverence for truth, custom, and law is destroyed. We cannot prove that anything is true or good. The best rule in life is to get as much pleasure and satisfaction as one can. It is very self-centered, and you will find most Scientologists exhibit that characteristic. They can't rise above the level of their teaching. The area of morals is most impacted. As a result, you find Scientology parents who leave their children with nannies for 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, in their pursuit up the Scientology "Bridge." Sophist teaching is that there is no truth; therefore, there is no good and evil or right and wrong. Morals are arbitrary.
Children are just billion year old spiritual beings in little bodies and, therefore, do not need to be treated as anything but adult.
Sophistry represents a peculiar type of mindset which recurs in times of transition, when old systems of thought, government, and religion have lost their authority. This appears to be the case in late 20th Century America, where Scientology is most prevalent.
After reviewing the evidence, it is apparent that Scientology has not created any significant advances in creating a world without insanity, but instead, demonstrates that it suffers remarkably from that which it claims to have the cure for. The doctor needs to become the patient. Physician, Heal Thyself!
If Scientology cannot even cure itself of its own organizational insanity, it obviously cannot create an entire world devoid of insanity. Creations have the attributes of their creators.
On a special note, the subject of Scientology's handling of its critics spans all three areas of war, crime and insanity. It is all-out war against its critics, any crime against its critics is morally justified in its Fair Game Policies, and the "utterly destroy" people who disagree mentality is insanity in action, not to mention a suppressive trait.
Interestingly, Scientology demonstrates most, if not all, the suppressive traits against its critics and feels morally justified in doing so, but if a person demonstrates suppressive traits against Scientology, then he or she is declared suppressive and expelled.
No reasonably sane person would ever think this is acceptable behavior.
Further, many criminal acts against critics can be considered "hate crimes," which has been proposed to come under federal jurisdiction.
In summary, it is apparent that in the 50 years since Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health was published, the world has not witnessed any noticeable improvement in the areas of war, crime and insanity. If it hasn't happened in 50 years, the odds are against it ever happening. If a real technology of mind or spirit existed, it would have taken the world by storm.
"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come." -- Victor Hugo.
So with the goal of a world without war, crime and insanity being apparently unattainable, why does Scientology continue to assert it as a goal? Could it be that it is a hook that traps idealistic people. It is the justification for long hours, terrible working conditions, little or no pay, never seeing one's family, and other abuses. Without the idealism, people would not put up with the poor conditions. With the idealism, any price is worth the goal.
As Russell Baker said: "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
A WORLD WITHOUT...
Scientology sees a world that is lacking in the three negative elements of war, crime and insanity. But what positive elements does it envision? Vaguely, that everyone would be at least Clear and … I'm not really sure. That everyone would be sane. And? Well … hmmm. I was in it for 12 years. After all the psychs are gone, and everyone is Clear, then what?
Oh, yes … that's right. We're off to Target 2 … to clear the Galaxy. Then what? Oh, well. I'm beating a dead horse on this issue. There isn't any clear explanation of what's on the other side except the lack of war, crime and insanity, and Clears (and presumably OTs too) will be the only ones with any rights.
The following is my take on what Scientology's utopia will not contain, based on my understanding and experience with the real Scientology. It will truly be a world without …
L. Ron Hubbard is the final authority. If he didn't comment upon it, it isn't necessary. No one has to think any more because he has done all the thinking mankind will ever need. (However, if that is true, then why is it that Hubbard did not foresee the Internet and stop it before it became a problem for Scientology?)
Consequently, it stands to reason that there will rarely, if ever, be any Scientologist who will win a Nobel Prize in any category. Many Scientologists are attracted to work that will produce maximum income to further their progress up the Bridge, rather than make worthwhile contributions to society, at lower pay. Even their celebrity members are not particularly stellar. True, some enjoy popular draw at the box office, but none have ever participated in projects that won critical acclaim. And while Scientology emphasizes attracting celebrities, a society is not made up solely of artists.
Hubbard is the gold standard for life. There is no motivation to achieve anything more than what he achieved. For instance, his level of writing, his views on art, his philosophy on life. This explains the magnificent flop of Battlefield Earth, his sci-fi novel turned into a movie. The world has moved on, but Scientology is frozen in the 1950's, i.e., Dianetics, with no new innovations or insights, is still promoted as the only way to everlasting mental health; the OT3 incident includes intergalactic spaceships that look like DC-10's; a writing style that still follows the Golden Age of Sci-Fi's penny-a-word standard, and so on.
Hubbard was not a believer in much more than Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic, and Scientology. Children in Scientology schools today are being short-changed in life by only getting minimal basic education and only Hubbard's view on life.
Institutions of Higher Learning
Universities will be done away with, unless all they teach is Scientology. People will no longer be trained in logic, reason, independent thought, professions, etc.
Don't expect to see a Scientologist find the cure for AIDS or cancer. Research scientists have to devote their lives to research, and it would be impossible for a Scientologist to have it in his schedule to allow that much time away from his studies of Scientology. The lack of foundational education would preclude reaching the intellectual level needed to conduct this type of research. It would also preclude scholarly inquiry into any intellectual discipline (all the liberal arts). As a result, research centers and think tanks would cease to exist.
Scientology has resisted review of its Dianetic therapy. It states that it is a science, but has not allowed any in-depth peer review culminating in certification or validation. There were two independent investigations in the 1950's, neither of which validated Dianetics. So, scientific standards will cease to exist and "what is true is what we say is true" will become the scientific standard.
Scientologists won't have the time or the desire to continue missions into space, so space programs will cease to exist. Again, time and education will get in the way. Also, the funding to keep these institutions and agencies in business would probably become non-existent.
Under a Scientology-dominated civil government, the good of the commonwealth will not be the determining factor in decision making. The motivation will be what will benefit Scientology. Normally, with a short-term view. Civil government may cease to function separately and become an division of the Church of Scientology.
The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights will be set aside. Only Scientologists who have paid their money and attained the State of Clear will have civil rights. And even those rights are unclear and subject to the whim of the church leadership at the time.
It is unknown how many Scientology children coming of age will actually voluntarily serve in the military.
If the draft were to be reimplemented before the world is transformed Scientologically, it is probable that the young adults would seek exemption due to the ease of becoming a Scientology minister (one course).
After the world is transformed, there wouldn't be a military. But, if history serves as a warning, there will be an intelligence network and plenty of private investigators to run a police state. No, it won't be the KGB or SAVAK, but it will be the same mentality.
This time the initials are OSA. But it is not likely the police state will be enough to push back an invasion of foreign enemies. Odds are against Muslims becoming card-carrying Scientologists, and it is not likely Scientology can cure Saddam Hussein's insanity.
A Duty Of Care
Scientology says that "you are responsible for your condition." However, that statement does not seem to apply to the organization or its employees or agents when something goes wrong. In a Scientology world, the Scientology organization would continue to be exempt from responsibility for its actions.
So, if a member dies because of a botched Introspection Rundown, as Lisa McPherson did, the organization is not responsible. Yet, it is the organization's policies and procedures which are applied, through its agents and employees, to the unwitting victim. Therefore, the Scientology corporation, an artificial person, is ultimately responsible. Historically, Scientology points the finger at its agents or employees and cries Guilty! even when those same agents or employees were only carrying out Scientology's policies and procedures.
All people will be Scientologists. They will study the same materials, have the same goals, the same mind-set. Independent thought will no longer exist. The Age of Enlightenment will be over and the world will sink back into another Dark Ages.
A Truthful History
The past will continue to be rewritten to put Scientology in the best light. Therefore, there will be no truthful history.
Civil courts will be transformed into Scientology courts where once you are declared a Suppressive Person, no one in the world will talk with you, conduct business with you or provide you with goods or services. You will be unable to exist within a Scientology society, so your only recourse will be to move to the Canadian backwoods, hunt moose and elk, and live in a yurt. Secure Children
Children will grow up without benefit of parents. Contact with grandparents will be outlawed, pursuant to Child Dianetics. Children will suffer from lack of security, love, compassion. They won't be functional adults, just abused soldiers on a mission to create a galaxy without war, crime and insanity.
Children will grow up in conditions similar to communistic communes, the natural affection for parents will be lost, and nuclear families will no longer exist. Loyalty and other essential character qualities will not fostered, and nurturing childhood experiences will not occur. Loyalty will only be to Scientology. God
Scientology has never denied the existence of God. It refers to God as a "supreme being" and excludes "it" from Scientology. However, on the upper OT levels, Hubbard calls Christ a pedophile, and claims the title of "anti-christ" for himself. Perhaps a world without war, crime and insanity is just another name for a satanic "Garden of Eden."
Love is not included on Hubbard's emotional tone scale. Though many Scientologists sign their communications with "Love," emulating Hubbard's style, it is love without commitment, an empty social custom within Scientology.
Help for the Mentally Distressed
Mentally distressed people will have nowhere to turn. Their human rights will terminate on Scientology's ascension to power. Hubbard said in "Science of Survival" that people below 2.0 on his Emotional Tone Scale should be put away quietly, with no sorrow.
Help for the Physically Distressed
There would be no hospitals or medical personnel given Hubbard's disparagement of "medicos" and Scientology's viewpoint that all illness in greater or lesser extent stems for PTSness.
Scientology maintains that illness comes in greater or lesser extent from being under the influence of an oppressive person. The condition is called PTSness, which stands for Potential Trouble Source. So all illness is now lumped into one indistinguishable category: PTSness. Scientologists do not subscribe to the germ theory of illness, but as yet have not revealed how it is that vaccinations have eradicated many horrible diseases such as polio, small pox, typhoid and whooping cough. Expect to see pandemics of curable diseases come back.
Further, Scientology promotes Dianetics as a panacea.
For example, in birthing, it advocates home births in conjunction with Dianetic techniques. It elevates its system of so-called preventative mental therapy above the physical well-being of its adherents. My son is a casualty of this approach. Because of the Dianetic influence, he was intentionally allowed to be born at home, by a chiropractic midwife and an OB/GYN physician. These medical personnel knew well in advance of birth my son's breech position. In contravention of medical laws and known medical practice which prohibit breech babies being born at home.
As a result, he suffered severe brain trauma. The umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck three times causing severe oxygen deprivation. He spent the first weeks of his life at Children's Hospital on intravenous feedings and Phenobarbital. Therefore, instead of having a mentally healthy baby, I was given the nightmare of a physically damaged baby with significant mental and behavioral problems. When the health and safety of the patient takes a back seat to philosophical ideas there is always disaster.
A second example is cancer, a common illness among upper level Scientologists. They are advised to buy "auditing" as a cure. To my knowledge, this has not resulted in any cures, but these people have been prevented from seeking competent medical advice.
These people may have enjoyed longer lives, and even gone into remission, with competent medical help.
This author was told by a Scientology registrar that my broken wrist would heal in a month (instead of 3) if I bought 25 hours of auditing. I bought the auditing. My wrist healed in 3 months, just like the doctor said.
From my experience it appears that Scientology would let you die rather than call 911 and possibly become embroiled in controversy. While on staff, this author had a torsioned ovarian cyst and nearly died because no staff member was willing to leave their post to take me to the hospital. This was due to the fear of getting into trouble for leaving post without permission. However, to get permission was not an easy matter.
With Scientology at the helm, expect to see an escalation of preventable diseases and deaths.
Because universities will no longer exist, doctors will no longer be trained. Your health will be in the hands of a hastily posted ethics officer who will tell you that your cigarette smoke allergy can be cured by taking up smoking; the electrical sensations in your neck and back aren't Lhermitte's Sign (an indication of a neurological problem), rather, it is the result of a Marcabian implant; the panic attacks you suffer aren't an allergy to Nutrasweet, rather it is the nervous hysteria that results from going past misunderstood words; cancer can be cured with auditing; and other health problems are the result of your being under the influence of a suppressive person.
Scientology's world without war, crime and insanity is just another humanistic bid for utopia. Failed utopias are rampant in history. In the 1800's, Horace Mann and John Dewey envisioned crime levels so low or non-existent that one wouldn't need to lock his house at night. How did they propose to achieve this utopic vision? By establishing public schools. And what public schools given us: crime, drugs, promiscuousness, and illiteracy. At the same time, Karl Marx designed a secular state that was supposed to be adequate for all. The resulting tragedies of Russia and eastern Europe are well known. The Nazis' utopia was a world ruled by the Aryan race, which ended in the deaths of millions of people, on the battlefields and in the concentration camps.
Utopias are concepts of ideal societies in which social, political, and economic evils afflicting mankind have been eradicated and in which the state functions for the good and happiness of all concerned.
The word utopia (coined from the Greek autopia-"no place" and eutopia-"good place") stands for the ultimate in human folly or human hope – vain dreams of perfection in a Never-Never Land or rational efforts to remake man's environment and his institutions and even his own erring nature, so as to enrich the possibilities of the common life. However, despite all human attempts at creating a utopia, it continues to allude its would-be creators.
Mankind stands at the door of the 21st Century. What would it be like if Scientology achieved its goal? It could possibly be similar to what Romans experienced when Rome was invaded by Germanic barbarians in the 5th Century, which led to the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Dark Ages. The barbarians had no technology and no advanced civilization. All the barbarians could do was make war and hunt. All Scientology is trained to do is make war and grub for money.
Another analogy to the situation of the consequences of a Scientology utopia can be seen in Iran, with the exile of Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and the ascension of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Iran, under the Shah, had become progressive and enlightened. The shah's "White Revolution" allowed women to vote and to hold jobs, built big cities, and created a more progressive society.
When the Ayatollah was in France, before his ascension to power, he was interviewed and told the reporter that "in the new 'democratic' society he was going to build, women will be free to go to the universities, to work in society, to go to offices or anywhere, to be elected to parliament, to choose their destiny. Only moral corruption and decadency between men and women would be restricted in his new Iran." [Uexpress Online, Opinion, Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran Changed the World, Georgie Anne Geyer.]
He must have had a change of heart because when the Ayatollah Khomeini's regime came into power, fundamentalist Shi'ite Islam became the state religion, and the country regressed. Rights of women, especially, vanished overnight; Western technology was despised; many of the beautiful palaces and other architectural landmarks were torn down or vandalized; Western influence was viewed as detracting Iranians from submitting to God and, thus, was evil and was eradicated wherever possible; students entering Iranian universities had to pass a test on the Muslim faith; and anyone suspected of opposing the revolution was severely punished.
A Scientology official, commenting on Scientology's militancy, said "we're not a turn-the-other-cheek religion." The only other religion I know of that has a similar level of militancy (perhaps, like Scientology, only in its ruling elite) is Islam.
Islamic terrorists are feared world-wide by Islam's perceived enemies. Islam also deals with critics harshly. When Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses, a book about the Koran, the Prophet Muhammad, and Islam, Ayatollah Khomeini put out a "fatwa" (an edict) on Mr. Rushdie's life of $5 million, which forced him into hiding.
Note, however: this author has personally known people of the Islamic faith and have found them to be peaceful people. Just like individual Scientologists I have known, they, too, tend to be peaceful, as well as bright and idealistic. (So I suspect the problem is "at the top," or perhaps the factions of anomalies all religions tend to attract at some point in their history.)
Disregarding the individual members of either religion, the parallels between these two religions are striking: members are disenfranchised from their rights; things that are not evil in and of themselves become taboo (in Iran, anything from Western culture is evil and therefore taboo: t-shirts, jeans, music, architecture, etc.); in Scientology those things declared evil are the news media, suppressive people, "medicos" (medical doctors in general), and psychologists and psychiatrists, specifically; and, finally, opposition is dealt with severely.
Further, seriousness about its mission are traits shared by both religions. Hubbard says in Keeping Scientology Working, No. 1 something to the effect of: "Turn that wandering look of doubt [in Miss Pattycake's] eyes into a dedicated stare. If she's here, she's on board with the rest of us … win or die in the attempt."
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini said, at a Speech in Qum, as reported in Time Magazine, January 7, 1980, "There is no room for play in Islam … It is deadly serious about everything."
Another key factor in creating and holding the utopian vision together are lies. Scientology tells newcomers that it is compatible with Christianity, when in fact the founder of Scientology states as fact, on one of the high level courses, that Jesus was a pedophile and he is the anti-christ. The Ayatollah gave the impression, before he came to power, that women would have rights and then reneged. It isn't the first time those creating their vision of a utopian society have lied. And history is rewritten to keep the rank and file believing the utopia is coming. Anything contrary to the agenda is deleted.
One of the most successful baits in keeping people working on staff was "The Universe Corp is coming" to deliver OT levels to the staff. In the 12 years I was in, it never came. I have never heard that it did.
Scientology even encouraged rumors that the secret of spontaneous human combustion (SHC) would be revealed on the upper OT levels. Of course, the FBI debunked the supernatural aspects of it. SHC is a phenomenon known as "the wick effect," in which a small simmering fire sparked by something such as a cigarette grows to an intense heat with the body's own fat acting as a fuel source. The fat, in effect, seeps into the victim's clothes and causes the victim to burn like the wick of a Coleman lantern. This process causes great heat in the immediate vicinity, but the heat only goes straight up, leaving flammable items next to the fire as unharmed as a camper sleeping next to a crackling campfire. "One the body starts to burn," the FBI wrote in its report, "there is enough fat and other inflammable substances to permit varying amounts of destruction to take place. Sometimes this destruction by burning will proceed to a degree which results in almost complete combustion of the body." (APBnews.com, August 1, 2000, by Todd Venezia.)
A final comment about utopias is that fear and oppression are standard fare and result in the inhibition of vision, research, and progress. That is one of the reasons why utopias fail. A Hubbardian utopia will not succeed any better than a Marxist utopia, or a Nazi utopia, or a Mann/Dewey utopia, or an Islamic utopia, but it will contain just as much fear and oppression.
Fear and oppression is constant because every utopia has an enemy it must dispose of: for the Nazis it was the non-Aryans, for the Communists, it was the Capitalists, for the Muslims it is "The Great Satan" (the United States), for the Scientologists, it is "the Critics, and the 'Psychs'."
So with all these enemies, how can there ever be world peace?
Is There A Solution?
Perhaps. But no solution will work if it is not implemented. So, before anything else, there has to be a willingness to implement a solution.
One way to achieve the solution is for Scientology to abandon the destructive programs they are running and return to decency. One way to achieve this is through application of their booklet entitled "The Way To Happiness."
Scientology has nicknamed it "a common sense moral code." It is a guide-to-good-living type of book.
Most people learn these precepts in kindergarten, but because of the continual violations of so many of its own precepts, Scientology management needs to re-focus on it
The reason for Scientology's battle fatigued personnel to revisit this particular tech is that civilian focus is lost when in combat for so long. It is time to lay down the sword and pick up the plough. Scientology can either "get ethics in" on itself, or eventually force a federal grand jury to do it for them.
Scientology's behavior in contradiction of the precepts of this book sends a loud message to the world that Scientology, as an organization, does not practice what it preaches.
An admission of guilt and an apology would go a long way in restoring itself to society. So would an amends project.
To not live by its own moral code just provides evidence to a watching world that all the talk of religion is just a smoke-screen. If Scientology wants to be respected and stop feeling so persecuted, then it should start living by its own moral precepts.
"Clamato" – a variant of the Latin word "clamat" meaning one who shouts or proclaims.
Quod dico vobis in tenebris dicite in lumine et quod in aure auditis praedicate super tecta.
"So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." (Matthew 10:26-27).