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Scientology "Q and A" Page
- Why do you call this a "Q and A" page instead of a FAQ?
- While the standard term for this kind of page in computer lingo
would be FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), the term "Q and A"
has a special meaning to Scientologists. It basically means to
postpone action by endlessly questioning the orders from one's
superior. It is generally considered a Very Bad Thing.
- What's good about Scientology?
- Ah... A short question with a long answer. Most of the premises on
which Dianetics was based are usable in other contexts. Examples
include: (a) earlier mental "stuff" tends to hold later "stuff" in
place, (b) examining something thouroughly enough tends to reduce
it's effect on the present, (c) the division between conscious and
unconscious mental processing, and so forth...
A lot of the basic definitions from the early days of Scientology
are also useful to understand the mechanisms within the mind. The
emphasis on communication is a good thing for everyday life and the
drills along those lines, in my opinion, dramatically changed my own
self-perception and self-confidence.
Some of the administrative stuff, while too harsh to adhere to 100%,
is still useful in many situations. And for as much as I dislike how
the "ethics" material from 1967 was misapplied and misused, there are
still some basic principles worth looking at (I would like someday to
write a Thelemic version of the "ethics conditions" -- when I get the
time, that is...).
And I suppose I learned some from comparing the group and the attitude
it instills with other groups, particularly OTO and TOT. I think in some
cases, an uncompromising "do-or-die" attitude -- and the ability to muster
such an attitude at will -- is useful in magic. I think many Scn processes
were pure magic. Especially those centered around "control" or "power". In
the wrong hands, I suppose some of this stuff could be dangerous. In many
cases, at least during my time in the organization, I think the wrong hands
were present in abundance. If the people involved at the time had any sort
of real-world ability, we'd all be in big trouble.
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