Today being Martin Luther King’s birthday, I am reminded of my initial thoughts when I heard his life had been taken. Why would someone kill a man so intent on promoting peace and harmony? I was very young at the time and I really didn’t have a clue. I also had a very hard time understanding why an entire segment of Americans opposed the efforts of integration. If our country was founded on very basic freedoms for everyone, why would anyone fight against an entire race having these same basic freedoms? It just seemed ludicrous.
Of course, as time moved on, I realized I lived on a planet where some people wanted very different things than I did. I discovered in Martin Luther King’s case, power and the need to maintain a status quo (of blacks being an inferior race) was a very powerful motivating force. I still didn’t understand it, but at least I was aware of it and that was a step in the right direction.
When I read Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, I gained a real understanding of the forces that compel an individual to mistreat a friend, family member or complete stranger.
From time to time, I encounter someone (either personally or in the media) delivering a critical remark about Scientology. With the many incredibly positive things Scientology has accomplished since its inception 50 plus years ago, my first thought was ‘why anyone would attack such a subject?’
And before I go any further, I won’t presume you, good reader, are aware of these wonderful accomplishments.
Here’s a brief list:
— The Church of Scientology has a Volunteer Minister’s program that teaches people how to assist in helping with difficult life situations. As one example of this program in action, many Scientology Volunteer Ministers left their jobs for weeks or longer to travel to New York City and assist with the aftermath of 9/11.
The president of the Church of Scientology of New York received a letter from the Chief of the New York City Police, Joseph Esposito, acknowledging the work of the Volunteer Ministers at Ground Zero. The letter stated:
“As one who saw firsthand what was needed at the World Trade Center site in the days and weeks immediately after September 11th, I want to thank you, the Church of Scientology and the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology, many of whom came long distances to help us.
“The Volunteer Ministers worked with great energy and great compassion at Ground Zero, helping to ease the physical burdens, and mental strains, of the rescue workers. From the earliest days of this tragedy, until the time when volunteers were no longer needed at the site, the people of your church were there in force.
“The organization, the caring, and the dedication of your Volunteer Ministers were exceptional, and very much appreciated, and will long be remembered by those who received their help. I cannot thank the Volunteer Ministers enough.”
The New York Fire Department also sent in a letter of appreciation for the work of the Volunteer Ministers.
In December 2004, tsunamis devastated the coasts of Southeast Asia and India. Whole towns were destroyed. Islands disappeared. The damage was massive. Six hundred Volunteer Ministers responded from 28 nations around the world, bringing immediate help to the tsunami victims and rescue workers.
Given the sheer number affected, training everyone possible on Volunteer Minister technology was vital. And so it was that doctors, nurses, Muslim clerics and Buddhist monks were among the some 50,000 who were trained by the Volunteer Ministers and they in turn brought help to more than 250,000 survivors.
“The Volunteer Ministers are a remarkable group of individuals whose purpose is truly to help improve conditions. Their focus is one of organization and coordination. Their self-sufficiency and ability to direct all relief efforts is an indispensable asset to our country at this time.
“They work with government and community leaders, and aid in the coordination of all relief efforts. Their first concern is the effectiveness of the professionals. This is a highly qualified and dedicated team that is an immense asset to our country.”
29 December, 2004
An Indian executive offered this:
“I saw the Volunteer Ministers providing solutions to every problem that people were walking in with. Whether physical, whether mental, any operational problem people had, they had a solution.”
In January 2002, more than 10,000 firefighters fought huge bushfires in the Blue Mountains close to Sydney. Volunteer Ministers worked 24/7 until those fires were completely under control, assisting community authorities, delivering hundreds of assists and providing any support actions needed. When the danger was over the Chief Executive Officers of the Country Fire Service, sent the following words of thanks: “This bushfire was one of the largest and most difficult to combat. Because of your support, the Country Fire Service was able to maintain an effective fire fighting force.”
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers are 87,000 members strong and are the largest independent relief force on earth, but they are but one example of the incredible accomplishments of the technology of L. Ron Hubbard. And what about the man himself? From a web site rich in information on Mr. Hubbard:
There are only two tests of a life well lived L. Ron Hubbard once remarked: Did one do as one intended? And were people glad one lived? In testament to the first stands the full body of his life’s work, including the more than 5,000 writings and 3,000 tape-recorded lectures of Dianetics and Scientology. In evidence of the second are the tens of millions of individuals whose lives have been demonstrably bettered because he lived. They are the more than 3 million children now reading because of L. Ron Hubbard’s educational discoveries; they are the millions of men and women freed from substance abuse through L. Ron Hubbard’s breakthroughs in drug rehabilitation; they are the more than 50 million who have been touched by his nonreligious moral code; and they are the many millions more who hold his work to be the spiritual cornerstone of their lives.
So, getting back to my original question of why someone might criticize Scientology, I realized there were two main reasons:
1) Simply not knowing what Scientology is. And that is easily remedied. The book What is Scientology? will provide a basic understanding of what it is, what it has done for millions of people, and what it might do for you.
2) Vested interests. A simple definition of “vested interest” is: “a strong reason for wanting something to happen because you will gain from it.” There are certain vested interests that consider Scientology a threat and some criticism has come from these areas.
What areas? Well, for one, Scientologists have been very outspoken about the abuses of drugs used to treat mental ailments. A great deal of independent research has shown that anti-depressants produce very harmful adverse side effects and factually do not solve the real problems of the person taking them. They may suppress the condition for a time but these drugs are treating a purported “chemical imbalance” that too many medical professionals have stated simply DOES NOT EXIST. For more information on this, these sites will help:
Scientologists are also opposed to (and actively work to expose) other abuses by the psychiatric profession. These abuses include electro-shock therapy and psychosurgery as well as the mistreatment of psychiatric patients, including sexual mistreatment.
So, let me ask you a question: if a very determined group of people were routinely exposing the unethical acts committed by the psychiatric profession and the pharmaceutical industry, do you think it’s possible those in charge of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry might try to discredit this very determined group?
Of course, before you formulate your answer, bear in mind these two groups (psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry) bring billions upon billions of dollars into their coffers every year.
Recognize also that both of these groups have become VERY far-reaching over the past several decades. They have penetrated the educational system, all the way down to elementary school levels. The drugging of our children has hit astronomical levels. For psychiatry and the pharmaceutical companies, this of course is great news: they’re creating patients and customers for life! John Breeding, a psychologist, offers 10 Reasons to Be Concerned About Psychiatry In Our Schools.
Psychiatry is also embedded in our justice system, convincing juries that someone was innocent because they happened to be somewhat insane when they committed the crime. Duh! “Innocent by reason of insanity” goes beyond the limits of absurdity, but it continues along as a valid defense in a court of law. Of course the guy was insane when he committed the crime and even somewhat insane a period of time before and after he committed the crime. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t know WHAT he was doing and that he was absolutely capable of NOT committing the crime. Psychiatry’s entrance into our legal system has had a signficantly corruptive influence. As it has in our education system.
I could go on and on, but this post is long and I should wrap it up.
I personally know thousands of Scientologists who are decent and compassionate individuals. Willing to lend a hand to a neighbor close by or quite far away. I’ve personally observed thousands of lives improve with the use of Scientology and Dianetics information. We do it without mind-numbing drugs and yes, we’re not a passive bunch when a populace is being drugged silly.
Criticisms of Scientology? With a little digging, you’ll often find the person or persons making the criticisms have something to hide.
Good people and worthwhile activities, while sometimes bitterly attacked, will always win the day.
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