Long term Scientologist, Ken Eckersley, wrote a column for the “Faith” column of the New Statesman.
Ken is an “elder statesman” of Scientology and the column makes some excellent points:
Mahatma Gandhi famously replied, when asked what he thought of western civilisation, “I think that’s a very good idea.”
I subscribe to the aims of Scientology which are: “a civilisation without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights”.
Similar aims have been held by millions of people through the ages, yet still we have insanity, crime and war in abundance – probably more than ever. One’s inclination can be to shrug and say these aims are impossible.
But my experience is that there are two fundamental requirements to being able to make some decent progress towards their achievement:
1. Recognising that each individual person has a spiritual nature and that they are basically good, no matter how “bad” they might be in their current state.
2. Having a workable technology that can assist each individual person to become his or her true, good self. Whilst it has proved impractical to help “the masses,” you can help individuals and they can help themselves and others if they know how. Then it becomes a question of increasing the numbers of individuals helped.
For me, L Ron Hubbard and Scientology have provided both of these requirements. >>