Blog: Critical Q&A 147 - 2018-02-11

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F0.png Critical Q&A #147 February 11, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer questions viewers leave in the comments section of my Q&A videos or send to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) In the ethics system described in Scientology with the eight dynamics (self, family, group, mankind, etc) why are the higher dynamics more valued in Scientology and the 1st and 2nd disregarded when all dynamics are important for survival? Hence, the church forces violation of its own ethics system. Is there a name or label for this ethical system and from where did L. Ron steal it?

(2) In your recent podcast with Jon Atack, it really struck me when you mentioned kids being brought up to be obedient vs. "thoughtfully rebellious," or whatever term it was that you used. I was raised Christian (lots of rules, took 40 years to completely get out), was of course taught to be polite, I think am generally considered to be a nice person...and this is a serious problem. Though most people would probably view me as a strong, independent sort, I've come to recognize that — because I'm generally surrounded by kind people — I don't have much capacity to deal with strong, unwanted pressure. It seems that if someone is willing to go outside the norms of typical polite behavior, they have a degree of control over the more polite people — because we are trained to be pleasers.