In 2001 Germany’s largest domestic spy network was riveted on scientology. For years they had been treating scientology as top priority for infiltration and elimination. The prime locus for attention was scientology’s greatest German stronghold, Hamburg.
Remarkably, the following facts were given next to no attention over the next fourteen years of media obsession with terrorism. The 9/11 attacks in America were planned, trained-for, and staged from Hamburg Germany; all the while Germany’s law enforcement intelligence apparatus was chasing scientology.
From 2009 through 2011, the US Department of Justice assigned some of its most experienced and decorated agents to make a case against scientology and its leader David Miscavige. During that time period, and since, the Department of Justice failed to even attempt to prosecute a single one of the billionaires whose greed created the international recession we are still feeling the effects of today. A handful of criminals destroyed 40% of the wealth of planet Earth – and profited handsomely in the bargain – and continue doing business at the same old stand. If you’ve bought the line that jailing Wall Street gangsters would only constitute vengeance or wreak greater financial disaster, think again. Once their lucrative housing bubble burst, they turned to speculating on food commodities. Notice what’s been happening with your grocery bills over the past seven years? Ever wonder why?
In November 2015 Belgium’s justice department is making hay out of its attempted prosecution of scientology. While the trial proceeds, again only after the fact European law enforcement is frantically scouring Belgium since it has been exposed as a critical terrorist planning and staging ground in the wake of the 13 November 2015 Paris atrocities.
Suggestions on how to trek the Great Middle Path:
Seek balance of intellect and intuition
Harmonize reason and compassion
Make concert of heart and mind
Modulate the need to do or say with the abilities to observe, to share and to let be
Spice the syntheses with rhythm
Recognize the oft-intruding, peculiar notion that you have arrived and let it pass
Repeat as indicated, striving toward ever more penetrating and radiating degrees and forms of balance, harmony, concert, modulation, spice, synthesis and rhythm.
Purpose of life might be reducible to the following simplicity:
We serve that which and those whom we care about in the best manner we see fit.
Life becomes most complicated by the arrogant who attempt to dictate to others whom, that which, and how they must serve.
Perhaps the greatest appeal of religion is its affected ecstasy activities. Those can provide exhilarating peak experiences. Religion’s greatest benefit might be the order that it brings to its adherents’ lives. Oftentimes however that order and ecstasy only maintain longevity with forfeiture of one’s intellect and sometimes even conscience. How seriously one regards his religion is a good indicator of how far down that road he has travelled. When this apparent cycle goes unchecked religion can begin to dictate and even stifle lives.
William James observed that ultimately philosophy does not shape needs and wants. Rather, needs and wants mold philosophy. Some consider this idea counter-intuitive. Others demean it as a convenient justification against common notions of morality. Detractors of James argue that philosophy exists only to keep needs and wants focused in the right direction. The argument is not without merit. At the same time it begs the question, who determines the right direction? It appears to be a dismissal of the view that individuals are capable of exercising free will. It assumes people are intrinsically incapable of deciding for themselves what the right direction or correct purpose is in life. It also assumes that the proponents of a given philosophy know better. When that attitude prevails control of thought and behavior can be considered not only acceptable but necessary.
When philosophy (religious or secular) is considered senior to free will, all manner of control mechanism comes with it, both covert and overt. It is inevitable. It is evident in religion and in secular circles. The anti-religious set is not immune. It too follows philosophies, whether organized, acknowledged, denied or not. As much as many secular humanists like to denigrate religionists as a form of thought police, they can be just as authoritarian and intolerant as those they sharply criticize. Sometimes they are not so easy to identify. That is because they have adopted the language of logic and science to assume the high ground of reason from which to rail against intuitive-based mysticism and mythology attendant to religion. All the while, much of their ‘science’ is firmly grounded in beliefs (see e.g., Bill Bryson’s ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’). Ironically, one of the earliest and clearest observations of that kettle-pot legerdemain was detailed in William James’ 1896 essay “The Will To Believe.”
I think James’ observation about what drives philosophy was insightful. It seems that at the end of the day, one traffics in reason ( including secularism), mysticism (including religion) or a combination of both as one’s needs and wants (free will) dictate.
Last year I spent a day with Investigation Discovery (ID) filmmakers outlining the story of my involvement with scientology. They took what they considered interesting and created a one hour piece from the several hour interview. A preview can be seen at this link, Investigation Discovery.
ID’s Crime Feed blog also features an interview with me, Crime Feed link.