The intellectually immature, by contrast, bristle when their pieties and subjective certainties are called into question because their need for dogmatic security trumps their need to inquire into the truth.
Well, I and others may be that which you said above.
But see, it's in my personal best interests to watch scn fail. And it's fun to make fun of it etc.
As you've seen people can get pretty hot about the subject.
I used to say horrible things to anyone I felt was slightly promoting the subject. That was because there is nothing to promote except some cloudy "dream" that sounds good to confused people.
I think Veda does a really good job dispensing info that can be used by people who are a bit lost in all the promises of scn while they also (cause who dosen't) see the contradictions.
Unlike you I clearly remember when I was young reading lrh material and materials about lrh, and feeling the squeeze of "something isn't right here" yet "I've got to do my part". It was a very bad time for me. And from reading in here I've found I wasn't alone. But there was no way to find out I wasn't alone in my thoughts while inside the church. church ha.
Scn is just crummy. and it needs to die on it's own so those dang diehards are simply left with imaginary enemies to blame.
You should have sat in a room full of diehards and listened to some of the attitudes. It's very unfriendly.
I don't subscribe to the concept that lrh was evil. I consider he was a man caught up in the "make a hell of alot of money" thing we americans were doing in the years after the war. And he put to work the skills he had to get that done. lrh was sort of in the "right place at the right time". I think the group found him and he ran with it.
I simply see it that way these days. Like any of the massive amount of companies who need "end users" to make cash. Pop companies, junk food restaurants, shitty tennis shoe companies. Paint stores. Software companies. Book publishers. Red dye #2. etc etc.
People lie all the time, especially when in a group think. I'm pretty fair, I figure everyone is full of shit. Especially anyone wearing religious clothing. lol. I'd never fall for another church situation, ever. I think the human race needs to move on past religions. It just doesn't make any sense. I think we can measure ourselves better now. Could be a few hundred years. The human clock is a long one. Sort of.