Oh, the arrogance!
I have covered fanaticism in earlier posts – the “Scientology is 100% right” or the “Scientology is totally a scam” propositions. I hate to be redundant, but I have seen another aspect of these fixed ideas come into play lately. It’s about how these fanatical viewpoints are related to a seemingly rock solid certainty and outright arrogance.
The church is pushing the perfect facade of all they do – of LRH, of Scientology, of the churches, of the management and of David Miscavige. They do their utmost to instill in their members this 100% certainty that Scientology is always totally right. They do this despite the fact that Hubbard himself claimed no such thing. The church is intolerant to any criticism and it continually invents new ways of acting arrogant. The church fanatics know what you need, they are quite judgmental. Even without a D of P interview they know what you should do next. So, we can see that this insistence on the 100% right leads to intolerance and arrogance.
The same is true for the haters – the people that are 100% certain that anything Scientology must totally be a scam. The more they are certain of this, the more intolerant they become of anyone practicing their Scientology beliefs. And they become arrogant. There have been quite a few in this group lately that have pretended to “know” what state I am in. They “know” that I just need more time to come to grips with the philosophy of Scientology being an outright scam. They are dead certain this is the case – many of them without having tried Scientology for themselves, having started to read about it with a negative viewpoint, looking only for proof of the bad. They know that my own experienced gains from Scientology could not possibly be true. They are in fact more certain of their own opinion on this than I could be of what I have seen with my own eyes.
The two groups of fanatics are more similar than any of them would like to admit. The totally-for and the totally-against. They are both dead certain they are right. They are both intolerant of opposing views. And they are both arrogant – they know where others are at and what they need.
Luckily the majority of the population is tolerant, humble, curious and willing to look and learn. If you are in this category, then you could feel at home on this blog. You are warmly welcome here.