Monday, February 25, 2008

Criticism of Scientology

As a Scientologist who has benefited greatly from my almost 40 years involved with the Church I'm always amazed at those who criticize Scientology. Sometimes you can excuse it as ignorance, sometimes as a result of "data" someone other than a Scientologist portrays as factual. It's kind of like the kid's game of telephone where the original fact gets altered as the communication goes from person to person. It also may be that the first data spread is a lie and that gets altered.

Here's what one can do to see what the facts are. Read the original! Read some of Hubbard's books and see if they make sense. Also, look and think for yourself. There is an interesting bit of knowledge in The Way to Happiness by Mr. Hubbard on the chapter, "Be Competent."

It says: "Look. See what you see, not what someone tells you that you see. What you observe is what you observe. Look at things and life and others directly, not through any cloud of prejudice, curtain of fear or the interpretation of another."

That's good advice for any subject and for life but certainly would apply to Scientology. Get books on Scientology by Mr. Hubbard and read for yourself and don't cloud your observation with the prejudice, fears and interpretations of others.