“A civilization without insanity, without criminals, without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.” – LRH
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Scientology calls itself a religion. It claims to have a spiritual foundation rooted in the great religions of the world.
In spite of these assertions Scientology recognizes no God nor does it accept anything on Faith. Instead it believes that Man is a Thetan or Spiritual Being that with enough auditing eventually becomes godlike with super powers. They refer to the Thetan as “Creator”. This Spiritual Being is supposed to be immortal, returning over and over for eternity.
The ultimate goal of Scientology is to Clear the Planet, creating a Paradise where Man can live a life free from any “overts”, falsities, subconscious reactions, negative feelings, worries etc. This is their idea of Spiritual Enlightenment.
This Paradise that only Scientology can produce through its tech is one free from Mental Illness, war and crime.
The inherent problem with this idyllic man made, infinite paradise is that no one involved seems to have given the reality of such a world any serious thought.
First off, Scientology equates Mental Illness with being on the same level as war and crime.
Notwithstanding the fact that their specialized sub group The CCHR blatantly states that mental illness does not actually exist, Scientology believes that part of Clearing the Planet is to cure all mental illness, something that only they can do.
As discoveries are made through research, study and trials more is being understood about the underlying causes of mental illness. Studies are revealing genetic links for mental illnesses.
“Scientists have long recognized that many psychiatric disorders tend to run in families, suggesting potential genetic roots. Such disorders include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia. Symptoms can overlap and so distinguishing among these 5 major psychiatric syndromes can be difficult. Their shared symptoms suggest they may also share similarities at the biological level. In fact, recent studies have turned up limited evidence of shared genetic risk factors, such as for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia, and depression and bipolar disorder.”
How does one go about curing mental illness if the propensity for developing it lies in a person’s very DNA? One cannot simply hand a patient the cans of an e-meter and question DNA into change. What is known now is that mental illnesses are imbalances in the brain. Whether chemical, neurological or electrical these imbalances are also potentially influenced by environmental and familial factors such as trauma during childhood. Something which, it should be mentioned here, children caught in Scientology and other cults are subjected to every day.
So how will Scientology Clear mental illness from the planet? Is the intention to remove parts of what make a person uniquely them? Painting mental illness as being on par with crime stigmatizes it as something evil and malicious. Saying that once mental illness is wiped out along with the other evils; war and crime, Man will then be allowed to live freely has a sinister undertone upon closer examination. It intimates that those with mental illnesses are somehow infringing upon the rights and happiness of the healthy. Just as Scientology creates an “Us v Them” mentality between their organization and the rest of society, this thinking creates a sinister “Us v Them” idea towards those who struggle with mental illness.
This thinking sets the progress of the idea of mental illness right back to the 17th century.
Mental illness is not something someone chooses. It is not catching like the common cold or the flu. It is intricately intertwined within the most complex and still mysterious of our organs, the brain. Why does one child in a toxic family overcome their upbringing and go on to live a productive life while a sibling chooses suicide? If both of those siblings carry within their brains the potential for mental illness yet only one succumbs, how will Scientology decide to handle this Clearing?
Will they simply take a page from Xenu’s story and round up anyone with even the potential for mental illness then fly them somewhere else in space?
This same question could be asked about Clearing the Planet from crime. How does Scientology think it is going to accomplish such a goal? The underlying motivations for people who commit crimes are as many and varied as stars in the sky. Everything from mental illness, to selfishness to greed to jealousy and any other human emotion can drive one to crime. A man, desperate to feed his family or pay his bills robs a bank. A husband comes home to find his wife in the arms of another man and kills them both. How can crime be Cleared from the Planet when the motivations are so diverse and complicated?
Even war cannot easily be erased from the world. War is not something that can be Cleared. War is the result of people and their emotions or beliefs or policies. In order to assure that there will no longer be war in the world the issues that cause war would need to be removed.
Which brings one to a frightening conclusion.
The only way to eradicate those conditions which Scientology believes impedes Man’s freedom is to indeed, remove that freedom and everything that makes Man free. His emotions, his free will, everything that drives him and that makes him who he is right down into his very genetic makeup.
Who decides what a “free and happy” Man is? What gives them that right? How will that Clearing and auditing be accomplished?
What will Scientology’s Cleared world look like?
Herein lies yet another conundrum.
The ultimate goal for Scientology is basically a world without Sin. A world where there is no free will, no emotion, no conflict. Without the struggles and woes of life that teach us empathy, that strengthen our character, that teach us right from wrong and safety from danger and that bring us closer together as family and as community. To this world the Thetan, that godlike Spirit, continually returns ad infinitum. Each lifetime is lived…or is it? Is a world without struggle and storm living or simply one of a kind of existence? The Thetan, with its super powers that allow it to cure illness with the mind, a super power no longer useful or needed in this Cleared New World, exists, dies and returns to do it all over again for eternity.
Welcome to Hell.
A life not worth living. An existence where the soul stagnates and continues with no end in sight, no reason for it’s existence.
Scientology believes itself to be the equal of (or even the replacement to) God. But ultimately what it offers is not joy or freedom or life. It is a dark, meaningless existence without end.
God offers so much more than such a bleak world.
There is music and joy to the life He offers. We are blessed with the gift of free will. We make our choices and our mistakes and we know we are safe. We question and seek. We struggle and cry and hurt and grieve yet through it all we are not alone. We are loved and forgiven and allowed the chances to go on again. Without the tears what would we have to compare with to know joy? Without loss how would we know love?
We are gifted with lives of highs and lows. Of fear and certainty. God gave us our intellect and our curiosity so that we could grow and learn and question. In this way our choices are informed and have meaning. We struggle with temptation and sin and find our way through this adventure that is life. God did not mean for us to exist as robots. He gave us life that we could experience and know and dream.
Finally He has already created a Cleared place for us. A place of joy and light and peace.
“Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
After our time on Earth is done we lay down our burdens and enter a true paradise filled with God’s love. A place of joy and rest, of laughter and peace.
Paradise already exists and it is nothing like what Scientology seeks to create.
The world offered by Scientology is a trap. It is an existence of useless darkness.
It offers nothing.
We are all called to be holy. To be family and community. To never be alone or separate.
We are all created in the image of God and are therefore unique and diverse and wonderful. We each have our gifts and our strengths and we are meant to be together.
Scientology cannot fulfill its goal of a Cleared Thetan or a Cleared Planet because it is not for Man to assume such a role. What they seek to create in their pride and blindness is a shadow world absent of God and of all that makes us as He intended. A life void of life.
They offer a hamster wheel of a meaningless existence with no end.
God offers us love, forgiveness and the ultimate freedom with never ending joy in His presence.
“Come to me all you who labor and I will give you rest.”
Scientology is an angry, vicious group that teaches Fair Game, Disconnection, Dead Agent, and to attack and destroy.
We are not meant to live such lives.
We are meant for joy and happiness and forgiveness of each other. We laugh and sing and create the world around us. Life is living. It is family and friends, trust and love, of loss and birth, of failing and struggling and falling only to get back up and try again without fear or shame.
This is true freedom.
Scientology does not offer freedom. They offer only dark conformity.
World without end.