One of my favorite e-newsletters is the one put out by Mark Alexander, which used to be called The Federalist and is now called The Patriot Post. He digs up some great quotes from history and this one struck a chord with me:
“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.” –Jewish philosopher Maimonides (AD 1135-1204)
As a long-time Scientologist I have seen a lot of false and malicious chatter about my religion online over the years. Everything from the “Scientology diet” (there is no such thing) to crazy rumors about Tom Cruise and little Suri being indoctrinated in some kind of Scientology school for toddlers (there is no such thing).
- When one is doing the Purification program, sweating out toxins in the sauna, there are some guidelines for healthy eating while you’re on it. Somehow this gets twisted into “The Scientology Diet” by those with an axe to grind.
- There are schools that use the Study Technology, but they aren’t teaching what any Scientologist would recognize as Scientology in those shools. First they are teaching students how to study, true, and that non-religious technology of how to study is used in successful schools all over the world. But WHAT the students will study in little Suri’s school is whatever their regular curriculum is for little kids. Learning how to read and write, one would expect, with healthy doses of play time throughout the day. Here’s a good example of a school that teaches its students how to study, and then goes on to actually teach them a great curriculum, and where its students do very well in standardized testing.
My point is something I learned a long time ago in studying a basic Scientology book by L. Ron Hubbard: “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that you have lost everything.”
Another thing I learned long ago from Hubbard was this: “There are two ways men ordinarily accept things, neither of them very good. One is to accept a statement because Authority says it is true and must be accepted, and the other is by preponderance of agreement amongst other people.”
Which is why Scientologists often say, “Think for yourself.”