Blog: An Ex-Scientologist Discusses The Master - 2019-05-23

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F0.png An Ex-Scientologist Discusses The Master May 23, 2019, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Hey everyone, this video has been a long time coming. I had originally planned on doing just a straight movie review of The Master, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, but I think this format will be far more effective for what I wanted to always say about it.

First, let me tell you that I'm not just a movie lover but I was raised in Scientology and advanced to its highest levels as a Sea Organization member during the 27 years I was involved. The Sea Org represents the core essence of Scientology, a group of about 5,000 of the most dedicated, even fanatical, members of the Church of Scientology. These are the people who sign a billion year contract of committment and dedicate their entire lives to the cause. I was part of this group for 17 years before I finally burned out and left in 2012. Shortly after that, I discovered all of the truths about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard which had been carefully hidden from me while I was a member. That's how destructive cults work. They control the flow of information to their members and keep them from seeing anything critical of their cult. From all that time and all the study I did of the topic both in and out of the cult, I have a pretty good understanding of what Scientology is all about and how its members think and act.

When I first saw The Master and again in doing this review, I have to admit that it was somewhat disturbing because of how much it reminded me of the more serious and destructive parts of its nature. Anderson claimed while making the movie and after it came out that it was not a treatise on Scientology and that while he had researched it as part of his writing process, the movie itself was not supposed to be a documentary or study of Scientology itself. I beg to differ and I think you'll see as we go through it why I would say that.