Atack: Which of Scientology's thought-stopping clichés has stayed with you the longest? - 2016-07-09
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he's been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
Thought-terminating clichés are used by advertisers, politicians and cult leaders alike to package ideas into slogans. There are other forms of cliché that are useful – for instance, when FDR said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Others, like the 'War on Terror' are not so useful.
Ron Hubbard was acutely aware of the nature of thought-terminating clichés and encouraged believers to absorb and spew them forth at every given opportunity. I tired of 'make it go right' while still a believer.