Blog: Ishmael - 2013-07-26
Some folks have found my repeated reference to the Tao Te Ching to be puzzling. Some Scientologists have simply used it to write me off as being lost. The Tao is such a radical departure from the 'philosophy' Scientologists learn and abide by – even while denying to themselves such adherence exists – that some dismiss it as philosophical gobbledygook. I have commented on the polar nature of those philosophies (Scientology and the Tao) and noted it as an important reason to become acquainted with the Tao, e.g. The Tao of Scientology.
The fact of the matter is that a consistent construct in Scientology requires the adherent to mock up and act out the identity of conquerer. For example, a Scientologist is taught to view the universe as an epic struggle of the spirit's sole mission as the conquest of the physical universe. Such a view can and often does, if not mitigated by deeper understandings, result in destruction of that which one programs oneself to conquest; not to mention the weakening or destruction of the 'conquerer' himself.
Many have recognized this on some level and have departed the church because of the dangerous environment such a philosophy ultimately creates. Many of them spend years then applying an harmonic of this same warlike philosophy toward the church, 'it is the church or current management that needs to be conquered.' Others facilely write off the 'conquest' attitude as an attribute of church management and go off to apply what they call 'real Scientology' independently. Inevitably, to the degree they avow to remain loyal to Scientology 'philosophy', those independents wind up playing the conquest game against one another. It happened with the first independent movement in the eighties and the second one more recently.