More Scientology videos: The courses!
The Altoona Atheist has posted a recently leaked set of Scientology course videos. Thus far, I’ve only watched the first of the series. It is an orientation video that inspires immediate confidence in Scientology and makes one deeply aware of the great existential costs of not taking advantage of this opportunity right now. Here’s how viewers are introduced to their current situation:
“Right this instance, you are at the threshold of your next trillion years. You will live it in shivering agonized darkness, or you will live it triumphantly in the light. The choice is yours, not ours. If you, this minute say ‘I will go on, for better or for worse, in Scientology’, you will open the door to your own future. If you say otherwise, you slam tomorrow shut in your own face. I’m sorry. But that’s the way it really is. We are not making any claims for Dianetics or Scientology. It is you after you have experienced what can be who will make the claims. What is true is true for you.”
The propandist then goes on to talk about the barbarism and faith claims of humanities other religions. The video then concludes with this self-affirming message:
“If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice.”
Wow. Just amazing. First, a curiosity. How did they decide on the figures? How did they decide on one trillion years? Why not infinity? I mean, for a group of people who claim to be the authorities of the mind and the only path to happiness, wisdom and competence, they seem to be selling themselves a little short by going with anything less than infinity.
Aside from their modest claim to only the next trillion years, Scientology as an organization seems to have a lot of confidence in itself and absolutely none in anything else. Together with Tom Cruise’s claims that Scientologists are the only people who could provide help at a roadside accident, it seems that Scientologists are of the belief that without Scientology, one is destined to live a life of agonizing cold darkness and complete and utter incompetence and ignorance. Apparently Scientology is geared not just at producing more Scientologists, but at producing Scientologist fundamentalists.
And I like how the speaker denies making any claims regarding Scientology right as he is saying that when one chooses either to move toward or away from Scientology, they are actually choosing between a trillion years of misery and ignorance, on the one hand, and a trillion years of empowerment and wisdom on the other. Moreover, in the very statement in which he denies making any claims, he makes the claim that those who move toward Scientology will be won over by it.
I also like the statement that what is true is true for you. I’ve also heard Bill O’Reilly say this, so you know it’s true because it’s true to Bill. Does that mean that the idea of the multiverse is necessarily true? It seems like the only way to allow for conflicting truths to all be true. But what if I don’t believe in a multiverse…. I’ll think more about this one later.
Then the speaker really drives the message home by comparing the denial of Scientology to a few particularly salient means of suicide. But there’s no pressure, as we’re free to make that choice. We’d just be suicidally stupid to do so.
I’ll be sure to watch the rest of the videos.