Scientology's space opera ideas aren't just for the upper levels, as one key early book shows - 2018-04-15
Rod Keller reminds us that space opera is not just for the upper levels in Scientology, and it's actively part of what Scientologists learn today, as much as David Miscavige wants to promote a more businesslike, self-help image.
The Cincinnati Ideal Org is holding an event today with Jeanie Sonenfield and Rachel Kasle. The lecture is likely based on a non-confidential Scientology book, A History of Man, written by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952. It's one of "the basics" series of books that Scientologists are expected to purchase and complete a course on the contents of each.
A common misconception is that Scientologists are unaware of the science fiction aspects of the "technology" as the attempt to improve themselves through study, auditing, and other processes. When they reach the advanced auditing level of OT3 — which can take several years — they are introduced to the bizarre science fiction story of Xenu, the evil space tyrant. That revelation can be a shock, but the space opera of Scientology starts long before that, with A History of Man. OT3 was released in 1968, but all the elements of it existed as far back as 1952, just two years after the publication of Dianetics. Originally titled "What to Audit," History of Man describes alien invaders, memory implants, and other beings that exist inside one's body. The foreword begins: "This is a cold-blooded and factual account of your last sixty trillion years."