My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was raised Roman Catholic as a child. Years of nuns and private schools armed me with ammunition needed to argue the Christian religion with an informed opinion. I make a big deal about this because I CAN’T STAND people who defend OR chastise religion without actually having researched it beyond “that’s what I was told in church.”
I was made to read the entire Bible when I was growing up.
Today I don’t prescribe to any specific religion. I believe what I believe and that is good enough for me.
That said, Scientology has become THE “go to” religion for an easy joke about crazy people in our population (with Mormons hitting a close second thanks to South Park.) I have always avoided stating an opinion on Scientology since I had no basis for discussion.
Then I decided to read Dianetics.
[SPOILER ALERT] Yup. Scientology is Crazy McCrazy.
According to this book, all the negativity and stress I carry in life is due to my parents arguing before I was born and because (allegedly) my mother tried to have me aborted.
(I checked with mom and she claims this isn’t true… but why would L. Ron lie?)
I DO RECOMMEND THIS BOOK if you are (or want to be) in sales. The writing used the assumptive sales method of stating absolutes. A number of times you read the phrase “this is fact” because, according to the author, it is. If you say something is true enough then people will believe it and (eventually) you will even get your own religion.
Credit where it is due, though: L. Ron Hubbard’s explanation of the human mind in comparison to a computer was ahead if its time. Written in the early eighties, he is describing the concept of cleaning and defragging your personal hard drive: the brain. There’s some logic there, but it’s lost in the message he is trying to feed you with it.