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An interesting read only if you have an open mind...
on June 8, 1998
Having read and been completly disgusted with all the negative statments about the Scientology books all I can say is what better proof does one need that somthing is necessary to help us deal with our negativity. I am not a Scientologist, I am not anti-Scientologist. I am simply an everyday person who wants to explore the boundries of my mind.
This book, and the others I have read (which include Dianetics and portions of Scientology 0-8)have intrigued me.. They have gotten my mind thinking in directons, some of which, I have not considered before... It would seem to me that Scientology should only be considered a religion in that it is a philosophy on how to live ones life. That is after all the only common ground any "religion" has to all other religions. As a philosophy, it is obviously open to alot of critisizim. However, any new thought, or different thought is often met with a great deal of skeptisism and hatred. One should not allow the negative thoughts of others to influence them when the potential for self improvment is at stake. LRHubbard and the COS address these negative attacks as the Merchants of Mayhem.. That may be, it may not be, It is really a matter of opinion. One which you should make for yourself rather than simply accepting without thougt the beleifs of others..
The bottom line to this and any other book on Scientology or Dianetics is: you must read it for yourself AND try the techniques for yourself... Unless you have done that, and even this must be done with neither the blind faith that they will work nor the absolute conviction that they are bunk, You can not assert that they do, or dont, merit some further thought. While I can make no claims for whether or not they work, I can say that I would like to know more... My advice to anyone interested in this subject matter.... Read all you can on both sides of the debate... and then, carefully review the materials presented to you, try the techniques, evaluate whether or not it works FOR YOU... and then, only then, can you decide reasonablly if this information is usefull TO YOU. Nobody else can make this evaluation for you... and nobody else can benefit as much as you if it does work...
I strongly advise reading this book if for no other reaason than to stimulate the mind to further thought on the subject... and hopfully to improve oneself in the process.