Blog: Thought-Stopping on Steroids - 2010-07-27

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F0.png Thought-Stopping on Steroids July 27, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

Just listened to a bit of David Miscavige's speech at the Seattle Idle Morgue opening (I can only take so much). It relates to the recent post on thought-stopping. It occurs to me that one of the Church's thought-stopping techniques is these event speeches. They go on and on, full of cliche after cliche, saying absolutely nothing, and all delivered in a rhythmic, almost hypnotic cadence. Here are Miscavige's opening remarks:

"I am genuinely honored to join you on this day when Scientology comes of age in Seattle; not that you haven't long maintained a presence in this town, not that you haven't long ago sunk roots into this city, and not that you haven't long carried the torch of this great Northwest, but only now is all the majesty and subtlety of booming this Church made manifest, because only now can we appreciate the deeper meaning of those campaign slogans which drove your new civilization builders to this moment: leading the way; delivering the future; taking Seattle to greater heights, only now is it clear those weren't slogans at all, they were a prophecy, so while we've long marveled at your unbridled creativity and elaborate events, the many parts you've played, the many stages you've trod, and the myriad costumes you've donned, only now is it obvious when you were told giving your best, you took it to mean the best of the best."

Yes, that's really what he said. Can you believe it? It's one sentence, one hundred and sixty-four words. And all saying absolutely nothing. How many cliches can you count? "Comes of age." "Sunk roots." "Carried the torch." "taking Seattle to greater heights." On and on. And what does it mean? Beats me. What does "the majesty and subtlety of booming this Church" mean? And what does it mean when you take that meaningless phrase and "make it manifest"? And all that talk about how the PR slogans were really prophecies. What?