Someone explain scientology to me!

January 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Persuasions | 5 Comments
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I guess half of the blog-reading community have seen the Tom Cruise scientology promotion video already. The videos themselves – well, Tom Cruise, like many actors once out of character, is completely incoherent, but obviously driven by some sense of a mission to rescue everyone “because only a scientologist can do it” (e.g. help in an accident – is he a doctor?).

I continue not to take scientology seriously – how can you take a cult seriously that has a science fiction novelist as its prophet? (I should mention I also have no trust in contemporary prophets – I can live with those of the past but am glad that ‘prophet’ is a discontinued profession). Think Battlefield 9 – such stories are part of their folklore and ritual texture!

This summer in Berlin, when I had a few hours to kill, I was in the mood to let a scientologist accost me, using a bizarre interrogation technique where I had to hold on to two metal pipes while he was asking me questions about my life. It was meant to look like a lie detector, I suppose, but was just a silly apparatus that picks up the electricity of your skin. Throughout the ‘interview’ the guy kept playing with the apparatus until he finally found a setting on which the meter would budge. The scenario was ridiculous, as it was obvious that he was trying to manipulate the machine for it to be sensitive enough for the changes of my skin electricity to show, and in doing so to generate “proof” that I was nervous, e.g. about quitting my job and moving to Vienna, and – most importantly – that he had the answer for my worries.

He then handed me a copy of their ‘bible’ – a book as big and heavy as the bible, but with a science-fiction cover. That was when I was unable to play the game with him anymore and said that I would never read such nonsense (he tried to challenge me once more, saying that I couldn’t dismiss something on which I hadn’t done research – I said that this wasn’t worth to be researched and that this John Travolta movie was enough to run away from scientology).

He then very quickly finished the conversation and took the book away from me – which was a bit sad, because I am sure that I would have had a good laugh reading it.

In any case: Should any scientologist read this post – the header was meant to be ironic. I need no explanation of scientology, it’s obvious that it is a debased, paternal (women have to be silent during child birth!) cult that, regrettably, is attractive to desperate souls and unstable attention seekers such as movie stars.

I just wish more people were aware of that.

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