Blog: Cults, Enemies and Shadows - 2013-06-01
In the early eighties with the figurative barbarians at the gates of his Scientology kingdom L. Ron Hubbard wrote a dispatch to his personal services organization, Author Services Inc. (ASI), that stated in sum and substance: a man's worth can be judged by the stature of his enemies. At the time he was referring to the fact that virtually all major news media, the U.S. Department of Justice (including the FBI), the IRS, and a number of other state, provincial and federal agencies in several countries were in hot pursuit of Ron.
In its context the advice from Ron seemed intended to steady the resolve and nerve of those he had appointed with defending against his formidable enemies. There is some truth to his little axiom. Whether it is honorable to have so many law enforcement agencies after you is another question entirely. Under Ron's standard, Osama Bin Laden would be more worthy than anyone in recent memory – including Ron himself.
Something I find interesting is the number of people who twenty-seven years after Ron's death seem to derive their own sense of worth by virtue of obsessively continuing to go after L. Ron Hubbard. More than a quarter century after Ron's death it seems that an active cult thrives on the central religious practice of spitting on his grave.