Scientology, known for being a staple of Hollywood stars, has multiple beliefs that I find a little hard to swallow. Here are two that are so completely over the top, though, that I can’t belief they are claiming- seriously!- that they are true.
The first is about their founder, L. Ron Hubbard. He is one of those men I refer to as a “Forrest Gump” (no offense to Forrest). They’ve done everything, they’ve met everyone, and they know everything. The Scientology website claims: “In July of 1952, L. Ron Hubbard became the first to scientifically isolate, measure and describe the human spirit, while objectively demonstrating spiritual potentials well in advance of scientific thought.”
Maybe my science books are missing this momentous event, but I can’t seem to find this on any timeline. I mean, even disregarding the word ‘scientifically,’ how can anyone claim to measure the human spirit? Or be the first to describe it? I guess millennia of philosophers know nothing next to L. Ron Hubbard.
The second thing is something I not only wouldn’t, but couldn’t, possibly make up. This is Scientology’s use of the E-meter. I am going to quote their site directly. There is no way I can make it sound crazier than it does, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m mis-paraphrasing.
Direct Quote: “One-to-one auditing is assisted by use of a religious artifact that helps the auditor and preclear locate areas of spiritual distress or travail. This religious artifact is called an Electropsychometer or E-Meter. (Electro-psycho-meter from electrometer, a calibrated device used for measuring extremely low voltages and psyche, the human soul, spirit or mind.) The E-Meter measures the spiritual state or change of state of a person and thus is of enormous benefit to the auditor in helping the preclear locate areas to be handled. The reactive mind’s hidden nature requires the use of a device capable of registering its effects—a function the E-Meter does accurately.”
Yep. If you believe that one, I am also taking donations for the “Starving Artists,” fund. Money will be used to buy necessities for hungry artists. Donate to my PayPal address!