Terribly weak ending. Horrible. GROSS!
The body of the program is very good, obviously critical but certainly not slanderous and it has a just measure of fairness as it is clear to any intelligent viewer the subject has appealing virtues and the critique is not delivered with an inflammatory tone. Except just before the conclusion where the “makes your blood boil” buttons are lightly pressed and then BANG the label “cult” slams against the back of the skull.
As DeRopp points out in “The Master Game,” man is always trying to think with a part of the mind not intended for thinking but is merely a labeling device. Do we not all chafe at being labeled “SP” “DB” “PTS” or” Wog”? Have not the best of us openly repented with true remorse for having done so when we we’re “in”? (just by the way, through my sins are legion, those who knew me at FCDC might recall now, though you did not notice at the time, I did not go into agreement with the labels and NEVER used them). The upshot of the program (me) is to push the bipeds back into their slumber and herd them away from scientology. The ending makes sooth of Tommy’s allegation Sweeny is a bigot with an agenda. It’s awfully painful to me as he so well won me over to him with the body of the piece. The close is worse than worthless, It’s rotten.
Please people, get to work on learning HOW to think. Maybe get to work on dismissing an all too frequent tendency to tell others what to think. This is one of the greatest hallmarks separating US from THEM. We have always always always taught HOW to think. They always always always teach WHAT to think. Hubbard offers valuable insight saying the “analytical mind” thinks in differences and similarities and the “reactive mind” thinks in identities. Thinking in labels is RM thought, it decreases awareness and generates re-stimulation and the show finished with a sickly CLUNK
For you perhaps it ended that way. But you're post above speaks of a person who thinks in Scn concepts which are nothing more than a process of WHAT to think and HOW to draw conclusions using Sci think. The fact is that the program demonstrates very clearly how Sci think and practices are covert and intended to cause specific effects upon people depending on whether they fall in line or not. That's what the public needs to know and in that regard the show delivered.
but, Bird, Scientology *is* a Cult. Not just 'Church of Scientology' or even 'Church of Miscavitology' but Scientology *itself*. It was always intended to be a Cult.
Freezone is Tech-oriented, that is ... Auditor Training and Auditing. No Regging, Events, Call to Arms, Command Intention, Spiritual Militia Crusades, SP Declares, Disconnections, PI Harassment, etc. Neither is it considered "A deadly Activitity", nor are any "fixed dedicated Stares" required. Therein lies the Difference between the Scientology Auditor/Auditing Application (Call it a Religion, Philosophy or Science or whatever you like) and the money-motivated, cattle-herding Mindfuck of the Cult.... in the Freezone, but cult is far less cult-like and might not even be considered cult-like.
Per the Dictionary, the 1 single Constituent of any Religion is "Belief". In Fact the Word "Religion" itself comes from Latin meaning "reverence for the gods / holiness / a system of religious belief".it's no more a religion than playing video games is a religion.
Per the Dictionary, the 1 single Constituent of any Religion is "Belief". In Fact the Word "Religion" itself comes from Latin meaning "reverence for the gods / holiness / a system of religious belief".
Thus, if you have a Number of Individuals who in common "believe" auditing (an agreed-upon spiritual practice) will lead into the Sphere of the Supreme Being ... then you have a Religion.
And yet another contracts an Auditor/Practitioner to deliver an auditing/counseling Service ... and it may not be anymore religious than Freudian Analysis.
LRH clearly stated "Belief" is not required for auditing to work.
And that has been my Experience.
One can however surmise if one 'believes' that auditing will eventually lead to more spiritual Knowledge of the Supreme Being, then one can safely assume its Practices and Application are religious in Nature.
Being BOUND is exactly what a religion is and does - to one's mind.The root of the word "religion" is usually traced to the Latin religare (re: back, and ligare: to bind), so that the term is associated with "being bound." The idea may reflect a concept prominent in biblical literature. Israel was said to be in a "covenant" (berith) relationship with its God (Yahweh). In a sense, the nation was "covenanted" or "bonded" to the deity. But what does being bound or bonded mean? Is a slave who is bound or bonded to his or her master in a "religious" relationship? Is a business agreement which binds partners in a legal covenant a form of "religious" binding? At one time in human history, such "bindings" may have had religious sanction, but today, in America, slavery is outlawed and business contracts are made in legal settings. This particular notion of religion as "binding" doesn't really fit and therefore this interpretation of the root meaning of the term proves not to be particularly helpful.
On the other hand, one might argue that the religious person is one "bound" by choice or by commitment to the tenets of a particular faith system. Once again, the parameters of this definition can be broadened to include any commitment to a particular way of life. Such an expansion would embrace concepts like "philosophy" or "psychology" or even any chosen way of living. One's religion then becomes "how one lives one's life" or "how one lives in the light of a particular commitment" or, in popular vernacular, one's "life style." Obviously, while the term "commitment" may provide some insight into the concept of "being bound," it is far too inclusive to be acceptable.
You can't argue that, if Hubbard intend it to be anything other than a cult, he would have put his material in the public domain. Every aspect of Scientology is designed to control Scientologists. Practicing Sceintology outside of the cult is far less cult-like and might not even be considered cult-like. I don't have a problem with someone being an audit junkie in the Freezone, but it's no more a religion than playing video games is a religion.
I know why that didn't work out. I was awake and alert and intending for the Patriots to win during those other 18 games. During the Superbowl, I was in a coma. Thus, the Patriots lost. It's my fault.