I met a few more people whilst in the main lobby of the first building. There was Mike, who worked as a carpet installer in his time not there at Gold Base. There was also a young lady named Barbra who showed me around the most, aside from John McPerfect Hair. The whole thing looked very intimidating. Pictures of former members on one wall, staring down at you and a large bay window looking out into a vast field on the other wall. I felt very out of place. But, everyone was very friendly and made me feel comfortable the more I stayed. We travelled down one hall, towards where the seminar was going to be held. Lining the walls were large maple doors and paintings between those of the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. I was told at the beginning of my tour that I was not allowed to take any pictures or videos and therefore am restricted to simply describing the majesty of the whole thing.
The seminar taught me 3 main things, and those things were what I included in my final project they were:
The basis of Scientology was a foundation formed by a self-help system called Dianetics created by science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard. This self-help system was then developed further into a wide-ranging set of ideas, doctrines and rituals as part of his own, new religious movement. This movement was subsequently called “Scientology”. His previous works about Dianetics later became the guiding texts for Scientology and its main practice of auditing amongst its members. The first official Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, in Camden, New Jersey by Hubbard himself. Although some skeptics may say otherwise, the number of members (as stated by the Church itself) are in the 8 millions and are ever-growing.
As a Scientologist, ones main goal is to better oneself in an effort to then better society as a whole. Without touching upon the more controversial subjects involving Scientology, the main core of the religion is mainly focused on betterment of the world. The essence of Scientology is focusing on the human spirit - its salvation and rehabilitation and how this can be accomplished. It teaches that instead of a person being just a physical body, man has always been and seen himself as a spiritual being. Scientology dispels the idea of man being just a hyper intelligent animal, no different to a dolphin or monkey, but viewing man as a spirit with untapped potential to create its own life and identity.
Whilst being such a controversial religion, Scientology claims to have the thickest skin of most modern religions. Qhilst that might be true, some reports of "Attacking the Attacker" (a program thought up by L. Ron Hubbard to dispell outsiders mocking the church) have popped up over the years. If there’s any religion seen in almost every media, almost always shown in a bad light, it’s Scientology. From small references and parodies on television in shows like South Park (2005, Season 9) and Millennium (1997, Season 2) to larger parts in video games such as Grand Theft Auto: V as the Epsilon Program, even warranting its own single-player mission, characters, and outfits. But, as television and videogames seem to like poking fun at Scientology, more and more film stars seem to be adhering to the religion. Hollywood A-Lister’s like Tom Cruise, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s own, Will Smith, even “That One Guy from Gangster Squad and he’s Also In That One Show On NBC I Think”, Giovanni Ribisi.