Intent is the underling issue here though isn't it? Whether his intent was self aggrandizement, power over others, or a desire to create vessels for ancient dark forces, Hubbard's intent was surely aligned with the left hand path....anything which does not serve the light by default serves the dark. Scientology is (in my opinion) the inheritor or a long chain of dark, mystical energy starting at man's rejection of the good creative force of the God of Enoch, Noah, and Abraham. This rejection coupled with a desire to gain personal power leading towards the goal of unseating the Most High and taking it's place as creative force (or source) is the basis of the ancient mystery religions upon which scientology (and its many predecessors) is based.
That's right folks.....I'm a Messianic Jew.....well versed in the Jewish Pseudepigrapha, Midrash, Early Kabbalah, Mamichaeism & Mandaean and other gnostic sects, as well as the Christian Apocrypha.......also the works of Simon Magus, Valentinus, Ptolemaeus, and others....but I have no desire to argue the validity of Judeo/Christian/Islamic beliefs....at least not on this particular thread. Seeking knowledge is not inherently evil and a search for knowledge is the heart of any occult practice. So in essence I agree with what's been said...Intent is key.
With that out of the way I'd be interested in discussing the possibility that Hubbard created Scio with the intention of leaching power from his followers for his own personal, mystical gain while creating willfully ignorant vessels to house dark forces/energies/spirits. Any thoughts?
Hubbard was a psychic vampire imho, and he created a system to turn others into his minions, but in a very subtle and methodical way, over years, and the caveat was that at the same time he had to ingrain his control through his long term con by also gaining control, bit by bit, over the entire person. I liken it to a series of events spread over the years that have a hypnotic control mechanism, a very, very diffiCULT situation to extradite one's self from, as many here know far too well.
Hubbard was a 'thought-thief', if there was in existence some measure of control to be had by what-ever method, you can bet your bottom dollar/soul, he had perused it and taken out the parts that would further his own ego and greed-fueled aims.
Dead serious here, even if it doesn't make sense to others. I hope at least a couple of folk here know from whence I come