It takes time to unravel the scientology mindset. Perhaps it never happens, especially for those raised in it. I know I am still working to untangle my thoughts from those inculcated in me from a young age. And when one of the first ideas hammered home is that Ron has provided the answers to all of life’s problems and that all you need is to “do what Ron says,” it sets you on a path to formulating a world-view that is shaped in every way by “Ron.”
There is a defining characteristic of scientologists. Certainty. Certainty that they alone know the path to happiness and spiritual enlightenment. Certainty they know the answers to all of life’s problems – for themselves and every man, woman and child on this planet and anywhere in the universe. That certainty is built until it becomes an impregnable wall that repels all uncertainties, doubts or questions about whether scientology is right or wrong. In some ways, it is a comfort not having to think or worry about decisions or moral questions, but instead to be absolutely certain that you know the answers and the right thing to do at every turn.
L. Ron Hubbard was prolific. He wrote millions of words on scientology and delivered thousands of lectures. He explained things in invented terms and acronyms, creating a jargon that makes it difficult for outsiders to comprehend. It is a secret code for those inside the scientology bubble. There is little Hubbard did NOT expound on — from the origins of the universe to who is really trying to destroy planet earth. From how to relieve phobias, raise your child, cure cancer, increase your IQ and cure homosexuality to the correct method for washing windows (with newspaper). Virtually nothing escaped his special proclaimed expertise and he spoke of it all with unflinching certainty. Never one to understate his genius, Hubbard proclaimed his knowledge of life had surpassed everyone in history. His certainty is then a mantle assumed by his followers, who believe that by studying the words of Ron, they too have the only correct answers to every problem faced by anyone, anywhere, ever. They know they are superior beings to the “run of the mill homo saps” because they have learned all the answers. Hubbard even coined a term for scientologists — a new breed of man: “homo novis.”
Hubbard boasted that he was “not from this planet” and was the only person in all the quadrillions of years of existence to have unlocked the mysteries of life and solved the “bank” or reactive mind, the thing that prevents anyone from being all powerful. In his most important writing, hammered into every scientologist, Keeping Scientology Working, he announced: “Our technology has not been discovered by a group. We will not speculate here on why this was so or how I came to rise above the bank. We are dealing only in facts and the above is a fact…” Hubbard made clear, and asserted it was indisputable fact, that he had done what no man had ever been able to do. If you agree with this idea, as every scientologist does, then it is easy to agree with everything else he proclaimed.
The proof that this IS what scientologist believe is readily apparent. I was reminded of it by this recent promotional item.
“Source… puts you at cause–no matter the circumstances.”
“Get the tech of life and how to handle any situation, as LRH would.”