I am an ex-Scientology member AND an ex-Scientology critic
who tries to bring some moderation and understanding on both
sides. My approach to this hot issue is gentle, and thus a
friendly dog is my logo :-)
"Hell is paved with good intentions"
This sentence may summarize the whole
I have no doubt that Scientologists
feel they have a "technology" of the mind and spirit that
can really help people and society. To a certain extent,
they do. The problem with Scientology is the extreme
position its founder took on various issues. Their good
intentions, thus, can also turn into hell in certain
These extremes is what anti-cult
groups try to address. Unfortunately, they often fall
themselves in the same traps cults do and, ironically,
sometimes illustrate cultic zeal better than what they are
trying to address. Here too, they end up doing more wrong
than right - all wrapped in genuine good intentions as well.
Scientology has its limits. These are
what I try to point out in my
critical section. However, it also is not the monster
critics try to paint. Such a depiction leads to
discrimination, ostracism, and sometimes to outright drama
and tragedies. This is the reason why I try to debunk the
most common anti-Scientology myths.
We need to take a critical stand towards Scientology, but we
also have to avoid falling in the opposite trap of
oppressing a religious minority. This is what I refer to as
the Third Way.
Ultimately, it all boils down to our
common search for true meaning and values. Obviously, good
intentions are not enough. There is something else that
ought to go with it. Understanding the issue at hand may
help us find what this missing ingredient is.
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