The Science and Science Fiction of Scientology
All beliefs are not religions but all religions are a set of beliefs. Often, people are drawn to what they already believe. For Scientologists, this is not necessarily a good thing.
More Proctology than Science: Scien"tology"
Science Fiction author L. Ron Hubbard had quite an imagination and, as it turns out, quite an ego. The prophet of a new system of beliefs embraced by many celebrities: Scientology and Dianetics. Science or Science Fiction?
In 1970, waking down a street in New York
A sidewalk sign offered “Free Psychological Evaluations”
In a walk-up rundown-office suite
And tempted my young ego with self-affirming
Hope that my true potential would be uncorked.
The “test” really wasn’t.
I held tin cups connected to ”E-Meters,”
And was told I needed just what they had to offer
To become a healthier and more successful
Entrepreneur, consumer, human being and competitor.
L. Rom Habbard was their (deceased) guru,
Though he has passed to another level –
But continued to be channeled and to advise
Like an eternally narcissistic dark devil.
I left that office quickly
When I realized that the pitch
Was both shallow and self-justifying,
I thought the come-on was a bitch.
All these years later,
With celebrities well on tow,
The Cruises and Tavoltas
Are smart enough to know
That they are both being had
And are having others;
Spending fortunes in perpetuating
Crack-pot ‘systems’ of belief
Hubbard’s science fiction wasn’t bad,
But as a guru he stretched beyond his reach;
The ideas and foundations of Dianetics
Like old jellyfish,
Simply wash up on the beach
And are best left to dry up in the sun
And to vanish into crisp nothingness.
Their being was largely illusion
In the first place.
Celebrities and others suffering
From fear of spiritual starvation
And the need for greater validation
That their worth
Is worthy, abound,
Seeking truths to confirm what they believe.
Ron Hubbard saw them coming
Embroidered, in gleaming bling,
On their eerily righteous but