A Cruise through Scientology
But don't bother because it is all smoke and mirrors, despite the fact that the mirrors seem awfully clear in there.
Anyway... Why in the world with all that's going on would I bother with Scientology?
Uhh, not sure, except that I'm tired of all of the heavy reality issues at the moment. I've seen enough carnage for the day to keep the TV off.
(See above, duh)
Just came across an excellent story written by Richard N. Ostling, AP Religion Writer. Here's a tease:
...Scientology and psychiatry offer directly competing explanations of the source for mental problems and techniques to deal with them.All I want to know is...
Scientology was created by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. In "Dianetics" (1950), Hubbard said the "thetan" (soul) suffers from negative "engrams" implanted in this life and innumerable past lives Â the church avoids the word "reincarnation."
Scientology "auditors" help clients work through problems using an "e-meter," similar to a lie detector. They seek a state called "Clear" and then advance through various levels of "Operating Thetan."
The church charges that psychiatry "does not meet any known definition of a science, what with its hodgepodge of unproven theories that have never produced any result." It considers reliance on psychotropic drugs as dangerous as past treatments like electric shock or lobotomies.
The American Psychiatric Association's president said last week it was irresponsible for Cruise to "deter people with mental illness from getting the care they need." The association said "rigorous, published, peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates" that psychiatric treatment works.
What is Tom Cruise on then?
Hey, don't get me wrong, I actually like the guy as an actor and he's from the same area of Upstate NY that I was raised in, although the people there usually don't admit it.
There's just something creepy about Scientology to people.
The AP article above breaks it down very well.
Read the whole thing if you get the chance.