Having just announced that I will try out a different topic, I just had this huge realization and needed to write it down for clearity of mind.
Scientology does not deliver on its promise of full spiritual freedom (nothing can but yourself). Therefore it acts as a place-holder, a thought-stopper for people seeking spiritual enlightenment. Scientology presents itself as the end-all to spiritual attainment, the end station, the look-no-further. Hubbard dictates that Scientologists MUST NOT look other places for spiritual freedom. And those who bite the hook, line and sinker… they look no further. And thus the people seeking ultimate enlightenment are forever trapped from gaining what they seek.
Scientology is the perfect spiritual trap for this very reason.
It is treachery to promise ultimate freedom, tell people to look nowhere else and then not deliver on that promise.
Hubbard could very easily have avoided creating the ultimate trap – simply by not telling people that Scientology is the end-all, and by not enforcing blinders on other paths and methodologies. He could just have presented a set of powerful tools for people to try out, test and verify. But he didn’t. He made a brand, and locked it down with copyrights and trademarks. He crafted a belief system and a world view. A cult.
There are excellent tools in Scientology. There are many beneficial methods worth trying out. But the whole, as it stands, is the ultimate spiritual trap. You can benefit from Scientology – but don’t swallow it whole.
I choose the highway. I choose to choose freely.
Let hell break loose.
(Hugh at Gapingvoid.com)