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Blog: The Dark Side - 2010-12-08

F0.png The Dark Side December 8, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

It has become a favorite phrase within the Church of Scientology to say that someone has "gone over to the dark side" when they leave the Church. I recently heard a story about someone who was told that they could not talk to a friend of theirs as they had "gone over to the dark side." The person asked what they had done, but the Ethics Officer couldn't say. "That's confidential," he said, "All I can tell you is that he's gone over to the dark side."

There are several definitions of the word dark. One definition is "evil or wicked." But another definition is "hidden or obscured."

Imagine Scientology as a building with all of the windows blacked out so no one can see outside. Those who are inside are told that what is outside the building is evil. They are not allowed to talk to anyone outside the building. They cannot read anything from the outside world. If their friends or family are outside, then they are not allowed to talk to them. You can imagine them sitting in this building, staring at the blacked-out windows, and wondering what is on the other side – the "dark side."