There are two the things needed to keep the believers believing – convincing them it’s an “us against them” world and that there is urgency to the good fight – “the end of the world is nigh.”
This is pretty common in any fundamentalist organization. LRH was no exception.
This is one of his ramblings from 1965. He published it in The Auditor. It was meant for all scientologists to read.
He explains, with absolute certainty, that scientology will determine whether your “kid will ever see sixteen.” Scientology certainly didn’t change the world in the ensuing 16 years, and by 1981 everyone’s child had reached 16 regardless of what L. Ron Hubbard said or scientology did.
like so many of Hubbard’s all-knowing predictions, this was at best hype and at worst a total con.
But amazingly, they still offer up such crazy predictions, though HALF A CENTURY LATER, his dire predictions did NOT come true.
Like other cults that have predicted the end of the world, when the day comes and passes it only serves to strengthen the resolve of the followers that they must have faith. Scientologists probably believe they HAVE prevented civilization from going “BANG!”… After all, Ron said only we can prevent earth from blowing up — and it has not blown up so we must be successful.
This is the same “ron said it so it is true” “logic” they use to “prove” their overwhelming “success” because “the squirrels are screaming”.
Scientology — it’s a mad, mad, mad world.