Scientology and the One Answer

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It is a human flaw that we tend to seek one guru, one ultimate answer, one complete belief system to explain everything.

Life is complicated and becoming more so every year. It’s a headache sifting through vast oceans of constantly changing information and teasing apart true from false. Besides, as humans, we have a powerful urge toward organization and order and a natural aversion to random chaos.

We like to believe there is central planning, coordination and/or control of situations, or one overriding event affecting us all. There is a certain false comfort and security in the belief in a single event, group or person creating unfortunate circumstances. The idea of having such knowledge gives a feeling of personal control even when facts prove otherwise. A stable datum in the hurricane, the solid house of shelter that is neither a house, nor solid, but an illusion viewed from a distance, with a dark tower behind it creating all the storms.

A cult like Scientology offers a neat package of answers, full control over your actions, defined priorities according to the cult’s best interests and complete abdication of personal responsibility for any personal decisions made, as long as they benefit the cult.

I met a lot of Scientologists who joined because they’d made some poor decisions in life and no longer trusted their personal judgment. Some still searched for the one guru or one answer for everything long after leaving Scientology.

How does one regain confidence in personal decisions and learn to live successfully and accept unexplained or uncontrollable circumstances? How does one re-learn and accept that some things are just random and not everything has a rational answer, and learn not to blame one’s self for things we can’t control?

Scientology offers an illusion of control while being controlled.
 
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Enthetan

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Some people becomes very frightened at the thought of not being in control, that any plans they make might go sideways. They seek comfort in someone claiming to have the answers which will make them safe.
 
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Some people becomes very frightened at the thought of not being in control, that any plans they make might go sideways. They seek comfort in someone claiming to have the answers which will make them safe.
Yes, it’s good to feel in control, but a person can go crazy trying to control every circumstance. We buy auto, house, life and medical insurance to cover what we cannot. We save for the surprise events or hidden costs. But some take it further and feel a need to control people around you, the weather and even… (drum roll) parking spaces! :LOL:

It can get excessive, for sure.
 
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