You Wonder How Scientology Ever Caught On
You come across the most bizarre things at random. Doing a little background reading in light of the recent allegations against Scientology leader David Miscavige
(which, I hear, are that he likes to beat underlings for fun
), I found that...apparently there are Scientology beliefs even more lunatic than the ones we already know.
Hubbard believed that what we call "space opera" in science fiction literature, TV and film is just a manifestation of memories of actual events that happened, in his word, "skillions" of years ago
Yes, I said "skillions." A quote from His Risen Hubbard self.
"...without suspecting that the Fourth Invader Force had been there for God knows how many skillion years, had been sitting down, and they have their installations up on Mars, and they have a tremendous, screened operation..."
If this and the other excerpts I have seen of Hubbard's work are any indication of his talent, I can understand why he would turn to confidence trickery
instead. What I'm having a hard time understanding is how he managed to take what would be unbelievable, unreadable and stupid in literature
, and make people instead believe it as real life
. Perhaps we demand more of what we read than what we believe. I can understand why Hubbard spent so much time in isolation from his followers. I'd have had a hard time keeping a straight face in public myself.
In any event, I think it's amusing that he even uses the term "space opera," which in science fiction circles has a certain pejorative connotation, as a serious religious term. Scientology is just bad American pulp sci-fi rephrased, poorly, into a religion, and so obviously that it amazes me that people believe it. And the best part is that, by claiming that "space opera" itself, including Star Wars and like that, is all part of one huge race-memory, you can get away with your terrible writing and the inevitable observation that it sounds remarkably like something a hack SF writer would come up with on a deadline.
You can almost hear Hubbard laughing behind his teeth as he made up planet names such as Teegeeack(that's Earth) and, I'm not kidding, "Arslychus."
There's a different suggested
pronunciation than you'd at first think, but I suggest going with your first guess when saying it aloud, because it's much funnier. You have to be amazed at the lack of a sense of humor the followers of Hubbard's words must have, and almost have to respect someone who conned people so well.
Labels: scientology, wtf