It’s The Truth About Scientology: Going Clear Is Crystal
HBO’s documentary Going Clear, which refers to reaching the highest level of Scientology where a person has overcome the reactive mind and is in complete control of their analytical mind, was absolutely amazing. I took a class in college the summer of my junior year, aptly entitled Understanding The Cult Controversy, where we learned of the ultimate “supernatural” basis of our origins, the necessity of payment to advance in the “religion”, its prevalence amongst celebrities, and the eccentricity of its founder L. Ron Hubbard. In addition to reading passages in Dianetics, the Bible of Scientology so to speak, we even got a chance to go to the Church of Scientology in Philadelphia where we were audited. In my opinion, this is one of those rare instances where what you learn in the classroom or observe academically does not give you clarity or understanding of the subject.
The message is crystal that emanates from the film. Scientology is a very strange cult, started by some very smart, strange, and rich people. These people seem to be mainly white, stereotypically liberal as far as sociopolitical outlook (wanting to do good/save the world) is concerned. The organization itself is run conservatively, strictly, and enforces “punishment” for transgressions against the church itself and it’s own members rigorously.
John Travolta and Tom Cruise
The relationship between the church and its two most famous members and spokesmen can only be described as incestuously symbiotic. Both Travolta and Cruise have disclosed their most intimate, and potentially damaging secrets to members of the church over the course of thousands of “auditing sessions” in which the auditor receives whole and truthful answers to questions they ask with the aim of releasing or ridding the person of spirits or “thetans” resulting from the melting of bodies dropped in volcanoes here from an alien planet 75,000,000 years ago that was almost the exact same of 1950’s America. In exchange they get free public relations, legal counsel and manual labor from the “Sea Org”, a loyal fraternal order of the church, that receives cents daily for their dedication. When you add some purges in political power of a major organization, an obvious for-profit organization operating as a non-profit solely because of how litigious it was willing to be, stalking, harassment, and human trafficking, and you get me telling you to watch this documentary immediately.