The Three Basic Scientology Beliefs - Preface


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Gadfly on ESMB posted this analysis back in 2009. In my opinion is one of the best analysis of the how the Scientology mindset is formed. I'm breaking it up into a few threads because it is lengthy. I hope you find it as helpful as I did when I first read it.

The Three Basic Scientology Beliefs


The actions of individual people and groups derive from different motivations. At the “lowest” end of the spectrum are biological urges such as the desire for food, water, sleep, rest and sex. Nobody really needs to "decide" to want to eat or sleep or breath. These motivations are not based upon decisions or beliefs about anything. At the other end of the spectrum are actions based upon beliefs, ideas, values or ideals. Motivations of this sort are the result of mental actions and mental processes. These sorts of motivations only originate in thinking beings; in an entity capable of conscious awareness and conceptual operations. On planet Earth we, as a race, seem to be the only species acting and behaving as a result of things done previously in and with one’s mind.

In one sense this involves a version of the traditional body-mind dichotomy. You get up and make a sandwich because you are hungry. You get up, make a sign, paint on a slogan, take an early-morning bus to a location forty miles away, and march in protest against something or another. See the difference? The second action occurs, because of the person's beliefs, ideals, values or ideas. When trying to examine actions and behavior, of anybody, it is a very good idea to keep this distinction in mind.

When it comes to understanding WHY people do things, it is often necessary to examine their beliefs. The motivation lies within, and rests upon, the set of ideas they have about something. For example, here are some basic beliefs of a Muslim terrorist fanatic:

1) Allah is the ruler of the world and the Universe; his instructions are Eternal Truth and must be followed exactly.

2) Allah states that all Muslims must fight a Holy War against Satan; the entire western civilization is ruled and controlled by Satan.

3) Satan is evil, against all of Allah's Good, and must be destroyed in all of His manifestations.

4) A Soldier of Allah is guaranteed to go to Heaven, a place of amazing lushness and beauty, where he can eat, drink and have sex with beautiful women for all eternity, IF the Soldier of Allah dies while fighting the Holy War against Satan.

These ideas, which quite clearly are entirely arbitrary and imaginary, are not based on ANYTHING observed or experienced at any previous time, yet these ideas are believed completely, and without restrictions or qualifications. The ideas derive from and exist ONLY in a person's mind. They are not based on ANYTHING observed or experienced by anybody, and are based solely on what he or she has read, studied or has been told by others. In other words, even though these ideas can NEVER be verified or proven in any form whatsoever, they are accepted and asserted absolutely. The above ideas, when put together in a very fundamentalist, rigid sort of way, are what enable a sixteen-year old, wide-eyed Al Q'aeda recruit to tie ten pounds of plastic explosives around his waist and blow up a bus full of Israeli children. It is impossible to understand the boy's behavior UNLESS you first understand the ideas and beliefs that underlie, enable and animate his decisions.

Whether a person’s beliefs have any basis in reality or not, the beliefs must be analyzed for ANY such behavior to be understood. The key aspect of fanatics is that they accept and assert their ideas completely, without qualification, without tempering, absolutely, and they place their IDEAS on a pedestal, forever failing to question or examine the legitimacy of these ideas as compared against reality. In fact, when actual facts come along and confront them, that are contradictory to or dispute with any of their beliefs, they cannot even see them. Their patterns of ideas are accepted and asserted so rigidly and severely, with such force, that they actually perceive the world differently than others. They see a different reality. They truly live in a different world. THAT is why they do what they do. This cannot be over-emphasized enough.

For example, a raving communist sees greed, capitalism and exploitation in every sign advertising a business in any town in the USA. And, while there does exist greed and nasty behavior by greedy people at all levels of society, of course, most people running businesses are regular folks simply trying to make a decent living and to support their families. But, the fanatic sees something else that is completely different, based entirely on his or her rigid, fixed belief system. The fanatic interprets all he or she perceives and experiences through his or her ideological framework.

Fanatics have existed at every time throughout history. It is unlikely that a time could be found when there weren’t such people driven by extremist ideas and belief systems; idea and belief systems largely disconnected from any observable reality or possible experience.

During the Spanish Inquisition, the religious people in control held strict, unwavering, rigid ideas based on very fundamentalist interpretations of Christianity. The physical body was despised, heretics were seen everywhere, and demons were believed to live among the population. Again, these views only existed, because certain people in power held very severe views about the nature of reality. Without these ideas, and the resultant commonly held set of beliefs, none of the atrocities conducted in the name of Christianity would have ever occurred.

Scientologists exhibit extreme behavior at times, and these behaviors can only be understood by a close examination of 1) their firmly held beliefs, and 2) how these beliefs connect up together and are used to justify certain actions. Simply, the die-hard Scientologist and Sea Org member also lives in a very different world, because they often perceive and experience it differently than most other people due to the nature of their unique, unrelenting and absolutist belief structure.