There’s nothing interesting happening in Scientology right now. I’m just waiting for Hanan Islam’s trial on November 21st. That might be interesting. Which leads me to wonder — is Scientology unnecessary?
There are other interesting things happening in the neighborhood, such as a group I recently joined, which ties into my love of books: Friends of Cahuenga Library. I’ve always loved to read. It’s what got me into Scientology in the first place. I read about it as a child and actually believed what Old L. Ron was saying. And because it was in a book, I thought it was true. He made it sound so real.
But it was fiction, pretending to be science. And my young mind — though smart enough to read — hadn’t developed the street smarts a person needs in order to realize they’re not going to see unicorns, dragons, and Cheshire cats on a trip to the real-world zoo.
Not to say there aren’t a lot of wondrous and magical things that happen in the real world. There are. But Scientology doesn’t happen to be one of them. Old L. Ron just took the wondrous and magical aspects of the human spirit and appropriated them for his own nefarious purposes. It’s easy to do that with a kid. Kids are wondrous and magical. They don’t have to suspend disbelief, because they haven’t yet developed any disbelief to suspend.
I hope I never become so cynical that I fail to see the magic and wonder that permeates life in the real world. Just because Santa Claus doesn’t actually come down the chimney to leave gifts doesn’t mean the holiday season isn’t magical. Regular human beings weave their own brand of magic this time of year, even though they don’t still believe in Santa Claus.
Likewise, just because Scientology doesn’t actually create super beings doesn’t delete all the magic that exists in human potential. Human beings are capable of some pretty wondrous things. Old L. Ron used this attribute. He invented Scientology as a way to take credit for the innate abilities people already have.
Then he had to invent Scientology “Ethics” to smush them down enough for him to remain the “biggest being” in the room. Somebody who’s really in touch with his or her innate wondrous abilities doesn’t need Scientology “Ethics” to tell them right from wrong. They just don’t need that kind of force.
People were “doing the right thing” long before Scientology ever existed. People who never even heard of Scientology “do the right thing” all day long. That was one of the first revelations the real world showed me, when I re-entered it.
In the last auditing session I had in Scientology, we took up a question regarding “an unnecessary action.” I realized the whole Golden Age of Tech was an unnecessary action in Scientology. This, of course, got me thrown into “Ethics” — and from there, I walked out the door.
Now that I’ve been in the real world for a few years, I can expand on that realization. All of Scientology is “an unnecessary action.” People don’t need it. They’re already wondrous and magical, just as they are.
So is Scientology unnecessary? I’d say yeah, it is. What’s your opinion?