Blog: We're Closing to Better Service You - 2014-10-06

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F0.png We're Closing to Better Service You October 6, 2014, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us..." Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Whenever one looks at the press releases or promotional materials of Dianetics and Scientology, one is presented with the picture of amazing success. Claims of "straight up and vertical expansion" are made, citing hundreds of thousands of square feet of new church building space as proof of this success. Far be it from me to challenge these claims, but I don't know that a building's girth ever helped enlighten anyone. I'm quite sure that the last time I was looking for help sorting out my relationship with the universe, I did not look in the yellow pages under "largest construction site in town."

In fact, using "expansion" as a gauge of success for a religious movement is itself an alteration of importance and a misdirector. It is not expansion that is important - it is the help that is supposed to be provided to the individuals and their personal success in life that would gauge the worthiness of a self-help organization, which is what Scientology claims to be. On that count, Scientology has failed time and again.