The Cult That Is Scientology - 2016-11-01
Stay away from Scientology. This sentence by itself can sum up this entire article, but I have to fill up an article and you probably want reasons why, so let me continue. I believe there really is no right religion and everyone figures out their life on their own, except for Scientology because Scientology is not a religion, it's a cult. Scientology has become a cultural icon so you probably know a lot, but the more you learn about it, the more insane it gets. I'm not just talking about its ridiculous beliefs, but its overcharging of members and its shady leadership. However, let's start with the first problem; its founder and the birth of the church.
The founder of Scientology is L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer during the 1930s. He also served in the military in both the navy and the marines, but was removed from the marines due to his superiors finding him incapable of command. Hubbard around this time was also seeking mental health treatment, but was unable to afford it and eventually condemned modern psychology. This was a major influence for Scientology's opinion on psychology, and its precursor Dianetics. Dianetics is Hubbard's own form of psychology based on the concept of erasing the reactive mind through auditing. The Church has given a story lionizing Hubbard's development of it, but has been debunked.
In an auditing session, an "auditor" guides the "pre-clear" to confront traumatic memories and erase them, getting rid of the reactive mind and curing the person. This has obviously been condemned by the scientific community, and multiple studies have proven it to be wrong. However, since the time of its original publication, people ate it up giving Hubbard the ability to transform it into a religion, known as the Church of Scientology. This contains all the principles from Dianetics with the most ridiculous creation story ever conceived.