Terra is back with another thought-provoking essay…
How to Talk to Friends and Family about Scientology
A friend passed along a promo piece about an event entitled “How to Talk to Friends and Family about Scientology.” Back in the day, I would have attended without thinking twice. Communicating with family and friends about Scientology was valuable, both as a way of explaining what I was doing without them flipping-out, and as a way to bring new people into the fold. I’m a lot smarter now.
Now, I look at what lies beneath the seemingly innocuous promotion.
Notwithstanding that awkward phase during early adolescence, I’ve never needed help talking with friends and family. I’ve never needed a seminar to teach me how to talk about what happened at school, at practice, or how the waves were at the beach. I’ve never needed a tutorial on how to communicate about what’s going on in my life.
I’ve never needed a high-powered salesmen teaching me how to chat with the family and friends at Thanksgiving. I’ve never needed lessons from Les Dane on how to communicate with girlfriends (except for that aforementioned awkward phase). For the most part, I feel quite comfortable talking with people.
Yeah, but what about Religion?
Let’s be honest; religion has been a “charged” subject since the beginning of recorded history. Nations have been fighting one another, trying to force their faith upon their neighbors since the first man received a message from God to go forth and spread His word. Subject yourself to My laws—those written by Me in My book—or die. Or go to hell. Or wherever the unfaithful are supposed to end up.
Yeah, I know. Scientology is a scam. Dreamed up by one L. Ron Hubbard, another in a historical line of con-artists bent on ruling the kingdom, filling their treasuries with mounds of gold, and having their ways with all the young maidens. And yeah, I know; having to convince family and friends that these guys have our best interests at heart is not any easy sell.
Wouldn’t you think, though, that holy words from God would be readily accepted by the masses? I mean, He, She, or They is a god, right? Omniscient, all powerful, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound—the biggest Thetan on the planet! Having to attend a seminar on how to talk to family and friends about His, Her, or Their words makes little sense. Any blessed being worth his wings, would simply snap his fingers—or in the case of LRH, “postulate”—instantly convincing all Earth of his divine dominion.
So what’s with this “event?” If having to attend an “event” is what it takes to talk about a religious entity, there’s a good chance there’s something fishy going on. There’s a good chance things are happening within this organization the leaders don’t want revealed. There’s a good chance, this organization should be avoided.
For the most part, people should be suspicious about having to attend a seminar on how to talk to friends and family about something. I prefer muddling along on my own, having evolved beyond the point where I need “an expert” lecturing me on how to talk about religion, God, or Farsec. Give me the facts, thank you, and allow me come to my own conclusions.
I learned how to talk as a kid. I know how to communicate. I even took a comparative religions course in college where I learned about the Socratic Method. I don’t need a course on how to talk to friends and family.
Having to attend this seminar suggests Scientologists have been failing at talking to their friends and family about this new thing they’re involved in—which, along with plunging stats and a rabid, “psych-controlled media,” suggests members have given up talking to others about the subject altogether. Which suggests church members are well aware of all of Hubbard’s tech and policy that can’t be rationally explained. Which suggests they’re afraid of friends and family asking probing questions that can’t be answered truthfully—especially questions asked by those friends and family living in the twenty-first century who know how to operate computers and remote control devices. Not only is there much Scientologists can’t talk about, there is much they aren’t allowed to talk about. Members of the Church of Scientology have lots to fear.
So yeah… I’ll pass on this seminar, thank you very much.
Still not Declared,