Scientology And Other Practices
There are those in the Field who have been trying to set up an equivalence between various “other” practices and Scientology for some time. They’d like them all to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, apparently.
They contend that all these other practices have helped people, and thus shouldn’t be discounted.
I’m sure that psychotherapy has helped some people. I’m sure that meditation has helped some people. I’m equally sure that driving around and doing crossword puzzles have helped people. But that doesn’t make them “a way out”. To try to set up an equivalency between these things is silly.
Psychotherapy and meditation have never made Clears or OTs out of wogs and never will. For that matter, neither will driving around or doing crossword puzzles. So clearly, they are not equivalent or even of the same magnitude or class of thing as Scientology.
These people decry the “arrogance” of Scientologists in believing their technology is the only way out. Yet they cannot bring to the table one other practice which has produced the same miracles and the same gains that Scientology has. Not one. They profess that such an occurrence is in the offing and only a matter of time. But as LRH pointed out, if 50,000 years of thinking men have not produced such a route, it’s highly doubtful they ever will.
The stated reason for desiring such a “meeting of the minds” is that they believe Scientology must gain acceptance in the wider world in order to get anywhere or expand its influence.
Of course, such a thing is also silly. Scientology is and always has been expanded one person at a time, one book at a time, one session at a time, one training course at a time. Properly practiced and disseminated, according to LRH policy, it would and will continue to do so. The “acceptance” of Scientology by the broader world, wholesale, is not a worthwhile pursuit.
Besides which, there are clearly those who, in the face of a truly workable route out, would do nearly anything to ensure that the practice of it does not continue. The proof is in the Church of Scientology itself, in the person of David Miscavige.
The desire for broad acceptance represents a human obsession with gaining agreement from others for ones actions and ones positions. Yet the most effective leaders in history didn’t wait for the approval or the acceptance of others. They simply went ahead and produced the effects they intended to produce. And in many cases, the world prospered as a result.
Lastly, it’s worth considering that the effort to equate Scientology with other practices would eventually and inevitably lead to its alteration and the loss of its workability. Then, Scientology would truly become similar to or the same as these other practices which have ultimately lead Man nowhere.
But perhaps that’s the ultmate goal of these people.