Step Away from Anti Social Groups and Become Free
It is interesting that the popular movie, “The Social Network,” got it wrong about its principal character, Mark Zuckerburg. Far from being a selfish misfit as the movie portrayed, he was a socially secure young man who was brought up in a positive nurturing family surrounded by a lot of friends. When he matured he simply wanted to share his vision of socialization; that vision ended up being what we now know as Facebook. For his vision and changing the internet and the world’s social landscape he landed the prestigious 2010 Time magazine award “Person of the Year.”
The internet which originally had a 1970’s penchant towards radical individualism is now rebooting into 21st century socialization. In other words the world is becoming friendlier. It is helping restore a sense of community. In pre-American civil war, before urban industrialism began, there was small town caring and belonging for individuals and families. Being lonely or a hermit was the oddity because townsfolk looked after one another. The world is going retro. The solitary image of Clint Eastwood’s nameless silent antihero is passé. Social connection is in.
So where does that leave destructive groups and cults that are exclusionary? It leaves them out of the loop. Destructive groups promote elitism, separatism, and hold society in contempt. Scientology calls non-Scientologists raw meat, Black Muslims call Caucasians the white Devil, radical Islam thinks America is the Big Devil; all radical groups cast aspersion on society as a whole. This practice separates them from mankind with a black veil.
Dancing in a Circle: Have you ever danced in a circle? Have you ever been arm in arm with a bunch of friends moving together as one to the music? If you haven’t you should do it someday. It is exhilarating and uplifting and gives a sense of pure joy. Even a depressed person will smile when they recall dancing in a circle. That’s what the dance of life should be about-arm in arm moving together while feeling the joy of the rhythms and music, laughter and loving each other. That is what a group should be too.
Anti-social groups are the opposite of a circle dance. There is movement without rhythm, there are individuals, but no touching; there is no song, no laughter and certainly no love. I personally would not support any group that prides itself in being elite and different from the rest of the world and shows no compassion.
Aleister Crowley, the occultist, who was known as “The Beast” wrote,
“We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched and the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world (Liber AL vel Legis II:21). That is, ‘compassion’ is not understood to be the support of the weak but rather the opposite: the ‘rooting-out of the weeds”‘or the destruction of the weak and the ‘watering of the flowers’ or the promotion of the strong. This is compassion because it is an end to the sickness of earth.”
The Church of Scientology practices this compassionless view by “rooting out weeds.” Anyone the it considers unfit is cast out and expelled at whim. Celebrities and the wealthy are favored and it hobby horses common Scientology mottos such as making the able more able and do not reward a downstat. It also considers ordinary people, the middle class, as a suppressive source. The Church of Scientology is anti-social. Compassion is a vice.
I am told Scientology has about one billion dollars in reserve from donations. I don’t see this money at work to help the homeless or feed the poor. I don’t see free help centers where proven techniques are used to help the abused and traumatized. What I do see is fine people getting their families ripped apart and friends turning against friends for daring to have a different view. I see harassment for those who chose to be independent and think feely. I see people tormented by “confessionals” turned into inquisitions who have nightmares for years and years afterwards. I see people who had to sell books in the freezing cold in subways discarded because their best efforts weren’t enough. I counsel people every day who have lost everything; I am not talking about wealth, they have lost themselves. Rampant abuse along with mind control enslaves, it doesn’t free.
I am calling out to anyone who knows of atrocities in Scientology or any other destructive group to use the power of the social network to CRY FREEDOM. Tell anyone you know who is still connected to any destructive compassionless group to get out. Send emails, Facebook them, and tell them to tell their friends. Be social; use the internet to help people return to freedom and to think for themselves. There are people that really care and can help them recover.