The danger of the Scientology belief one chooses one's body and family prior to birth. We aleardy saw an example of this in the thread (since moved to Politics and then to Grudge Matches; could we please not repeat that debacle?) about the Facebook post by Scientology OT VIII and Crusader Dolores Mangels concerning transgender people and the bodies they "chose this lifetime." ;[NOTE: The point of again posting the above is NOT to suggest that anyone be forced to help pay for anyone else's transgender or other surgery, hormone treatment or other medication. It is to provide an example of how the belief that one chooses one's body and family prior to birth: (a) necessarily implies that a baby is completely responsible for their condition; and (b) thus lead to a lack of compassion. While the substance and reasoning of the quoted Facebook post are important,equally important is the tone.] We see another example today in Tony Ortega's excellent article (and I highly recommend you read it in full), ‘Leah Remini’ show prompting more ‘ranch kids’ to come forward with agonizing family drama. In that story a young woman informs her mother that she quit the Sea Org: * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * * Once again, Clarissa quit the Sea Org. She was 20. “I told my mom. Her response was, ‘Then why did you pick this body? Why did you pick this family?’ She never asked what I was going to do or where I would go. In fact, she didn’t bring it up again at all. I was 20. I had no family to go to. No credit. No driver’s license.” Her father was at the Flag Land Base, in Clearwater, Florida, and Clarissa says he was also shocked to hear the news. “It hit him hard.” * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * * There you have it -- the perfect excuse and reason to abdicate any parental responsibility. The perfect excuse and reason not to feel, much less express, any parental love. After all, Thetans really don't have parents. The Genetic Entity, a (if not the) product of marriage, is little more than a hunk of flesh meant to be occupied and controlled by the Thetan -- a Thetan to which a parent is NOT related, and with whom a parent really has no meaningful relationship. If one truly believes in Scientology, why should you have any more meaningful relationship with, or love and affection for, your child than you do for any other Thetan? As I've said before, I personally knew a woman who, when told about a baby who had a pedicatric heart condition, coldly and without a hint of compassion responded, "Why did he pick that body?" I've personally knew a different woman who, when informed about a child with pediatic cancer, smugly speculated about the overts the child committed in her prior lifetime to "pull in" the cancer. All of this is consistent with, and indeed required by, Hubbard's rule that everyone -- including children with heart conditions and cancer -- is reponsible for their own condition. Pediatic heart condition? Dude, why the hell did you pick THAT body? Pediatic cancer? Sorry, it is not MY problem you picked a weak body that was susceptible to cancer. Make a better choice next time. Ideas have consequences.