We live in a divided society. We are reminded of that every night on the news. Our newspapers and magazines are full of photos of protests, riots, shootings, and violence. Race divides us. Politics divides. Economics divides us. We are a fractured people. We mourn the division, and we all probably wonder if there is any hope for unity. Can we ever truly and peacefully come together? Continue reading
Does theology matter? If you listen to some people, you would have to say, “No!”
For example, a few weeks ago I was talking with a friend who is taking some classes in theology. He told me how excited he was in his studies. He also told me that he shared his excitement with a friend of his. His friend commented positively, but then said, “But really, in the grand scheme of things, what does all that matter? In our everyday lives, what good is theology?”
My friend was telling me this to make the point that theology is okay for theologians, philosophers, and academicians. But for the common man, living in the real world, it has no value. Continue reading
Some call them imponderables. They are those silly semantic quirks and inane realities of everyday life that we all hear, and are emailed by the dozens. They are oxymorons, paradoxes, and nonsensical things like…
* Why is there handicapped parking in front of skating rinks?
* Why is it that we park in driveways and drive on parkways?
* How can you have a jumbo shrimp?
* Why do banks leave their vault doors open, but chain their pens to the counter?
* Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
* Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? Continue reading
“Axiom 1: SURVIVE!” Thus declared L. Ron Hubbard, delineating the Primary Axioms of Dianetics in 1948. A few years later, in 1951, he described the Eight Dynamics which are foundational for Dianetics and Scientology. Here he stated, “The FIRST DYNAMIC is SELF. This is the effort to survive as an individual, to be an individual. It includes one’s own body and one’s own mind. It is the effort to attain the highest level of survival for the longest possible time for self.”*
Lately I have been studying Scientology in preparation for a seminar on the group coming up next week. Scientology is a complex system, with a very convoluted process of advancement and an equally complicated belief structure. But wading through books by Hubbard and books about Scientology I have come to see that Hubbard’s declaration in 1948 is a fundamental, if not the fundamental, concept of the entire system of Scientology. It is all about SURVIVAL. Continue reading