Burroughs involved for almost ten years.
When I joined Scientology as a "public person" (a customer), in 1970, there was a free six month membership, which resulted in discounts of one kind or another. Finally, I became a "lifetime member" for thirty five dollars. I signed nothing, and it didn't change anything..
I can think of a few reasons that intelligent people might give Scientology a try:
3. Although intelligent they: a) are not street smart and thus make easy marks; or, b) never learned how to do a few hours of due diligence; or, c) believe that they are so intelligent that they can easily detect when a professional con artist is lying to them; or, d) are sure they are brilliant enough to detect when they are lying to themselves.
.I didn't walk into an org and say "I want to join scientology". I went in to get some of the miraculous dianetic auditing I'd read about in DMSMH.As far as I was concerned I was just paying for a service. What happened after that was a long process of being drip-fed propaganda that slowly persuaded me to stay even though I hadn't got what I'd paid for.
When I joined Scientology as a "public person" (a customer), in 1970, there was a free six month membership, which resulted in discounts of one kind or another. Finally, I became a "lifetime member" for thirty five dollars. I signed nothing, and it didn't change anything.
I was curious.
But I wasn't swallowed up by Scientology, and I had a life separate from Scientology.
It would be easy to say the smart people were the dabblers and the dilettantes who were exercising their curiosity - the "public" and "customers" - but I knew some highly intelligent people who joined staff and even joined the Sea Org.
Intelligence manifests in many ways.
True ... you were/are being conned by certain obvious Political persuasions and techniques, yet you are (apparently) reasonably intelligent.Regardless of their intelligence, some people seem to be attracted to obvious con artists and their cons, others are repulsed by them.
LRH, Postmodernism and why I joined
I'm not an expert about philosophy, so take my comments with a grain of salt.
Postmodernism -- and relativism -- were around during Hubbard's early adult life when he
was reading various books about life and the mind. This is the easiest explanation
I could find for postmodernism:
PostmodernismPostmodernism is a way of thinking about culture, philosophy, art and many other things. The term has been used in many different ways at different times, but there are some things in common.Postmodernism says that there is no real truth. It says that knowledge is always made or invented and not discovered. Because knowledge is made by people, a person cannot know something with certainty - all ideas and facts are 'believed' instead of 'known'. People believe that they know what the truth is, but they will think that the truth is something different later. This is the opposite of 'objectivity', which says that the truth is always there and people have to discover it.Since postmodernism says that the truth is just a thing that people invent, people can believe different things and think it is the truth and all be right. Postmodernism says that one person should not try to make another person believe what he believes, because it means nothing to say that one belief is right and the other is wrong.Source: Wikipedia
Hubbard seemed to have been pushing variations of this concept throughout the early 50's
and it was not a new idea developed by Hubbard. He just had a different twist on it.
LRH 4th ACC Lecture: Evaluation 1954 Fair Use ExcerptIn essence, what you want somebody to do is to get up to a point where he can makea postulate and have that as perfect truth.. . .They're hounding you back into the corral of agreement. The what happened happened.And the only thing that happened was what happened in the physical universe. Well thatisn't the only thing that happens. All this agreement with the past adds up to, in the commondefinition, truth. Truth is defined in the common definition as agreeing with the past. Ofsaying only what happened in the physical universe as what happened. But you limithappenings to those things which happen in the physical universe. That's what truth isin the common parlance.Now this truth has another side. The greatest truth for you is what you say is true.Now that's the greatest truth you'll ever have, as far as truth is concerned.
Now, I'll say that postmodernism has always been an attractive concept for certain academics,
young college students, and as of today, many politicians. Many kinds of "intelligent" folks.
We could say that we're currently living in a "cultural revolution" where many traditional truths are
being questioned and up for debate and change. I guess this is where postmodernism in the extreme
ends up in a society. Erase everything and create anew . . . like was attempted in the French Revolution.
You wake up every day and the world is a little different. This changed, that new law, this new social norm.
I just had to stop paying attention to it all.
That said, when I was a college student, I found Hubbard's postmodern twist about reality and truth
an alluring concept. The world was in shambles and I was drifting aimlessly with no good path forward
for my life. (Not uncommon for the early 20's and college.) Hubbard provided hope and a form of "magical
thinking" and escape that was irresistible at the time. If it all worked as advertised.
I too could get to a point where I could decide, decree (postulate) and have my own independent truth and
reality and base my life on that. Sounded good. Sounded great, actually.
If you look around today, you see this same desires to create new truths to replace all the old. To live in the
subjective inner world of the mind with a new and different set of rules based on one's own invention, one's
personal desires, and utopian dreams. And not be shackled by the past or history. Or even the reality out there.
To ignore all history and thousands of years of observing immutable behaviors of human nature and build
a whole new world from the ground up after erasing all the old.
End of rambling for now. Might say more later. This is hard to explain. Just so cerebral.
Just throwing down for viewing and comments by the more intelligent folks here. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Contradictions -I will say this:
Never Underestimate the Power of a Contradiction!
It's the mother of all traps and "Mans' Greatest Friend" knew this and I didn't.
Hence the never ending number of contradiction within the subject matter.
Reveal one actual fact or thing - then lay in a contradiction and you have the trap sprung.
It's like give and then taking away. It's the making of a roller coaster of a time while in.
There's no money in solving man's ill. The business model is like that of a subscription.
Summarizing what I was thinking, when I look around the world today, and especiallyMight say more later. This is hard to explain. Just so cerebral.