Blog: Recovering from Scientology - 2015-05-01

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F0.png Recovering from Scientology May 1, 2015, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Well, it's been roughly two years now that I've been fully out of Scientology. I started speaking out and making videos just over a year ago, with my first series covering What Is Wrong with Scientology (here). I explained why it is in its very DNA to destroy itself. Everything I said in those videos is turning out to be more true than even I realized at the time, but there were many other things I also didn't realize when I was making those videos. Because of the articles I've done since then, I've spent quite a bit of time researching not just Scientology but cults in general. I've gradually been recovering from what was a lifetime of indoctrination and abuse in what I've come to realize is a tiny, insignificant cult that has less and less relevance with each passing day.

The official Church of Scientology may or may not last for years to come. It really depends on how long its current leader, David Miscavige, can continue to re-package and re-market L. Ron Hubbard's nonsense to a purposefully ignorant audience who seem all to willing to overlook the obvious and blatant human rights violations, abuses and authoritarianism that are Scientology's core practices. The members of Scientology can't be blamed fully though, because they are victims of a masterfully crafted deceit machine that L. Ron Hubbard built and David Miscavige has only added to.

I said that Scientology is tiny and insignificant not because I am trying to devalue the damage that Scientology does, but instead to put it into its proper perspective. L. Ron Hubbard, whether he meant to or not, created a mind controlling, authoritarian system of belief which damages people psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. And just for the record, I happen to think that he knew exactly what he was doing.