Writing For A Penny A Word Is Ridiculous

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L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology once said, “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion” (Hubbard). Scientology is a relatively new religion compared to other religions that date back thousands of years. “Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.” (Scientology Beliefs & Practices: What is Scientology?) Ever since Scientology’s beginning only sixty-two years ago it has been the source of a slew of controversy and…show more content…
He then merged the two concepts into something he called dianetics, which is the Greek word for thought. As he continued to study this he wrote a book called Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Dianetics states that the human mind has blocks called “engrams” and by going through a process, which is later to be called auditing that is very similar to psychoanalysis, a person can be cured of these mental blocks. Martin Gardner a respected author once stated “a treated patient is then called a “clear” and that person should then have a higher IQ, should heal faster, have better eyesight and never get a cold. The clear is, literally a superman—an evolutionary step toward a new species” (Martin). Many have speculated that Hubbard’s beliefs are undecidedly similar to some of Hubbard’s science fiction short stories about space and astronauts. In his stories many of the characters were invincible and their minds had no limits, and according to Hubbard’s new religion one’s mind can actually become limitless through the process of auditing. This brought on many skeptics of the new religion and created a lot of controversy (L. Ron Hubbard). One of the main parts about being a part of the Church of Scientology is the auditing process. An auditor audits a “preclear” to restore “beingness and ability”. There are two steps in the auditing process, the first is to help the preclear rid themselves of spiritual disabilities and the second is to increase
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