I'm not too interested in Scientology other than in the cult aspect of it. But I'm reading that article from The New Yorker and I saw a quote I just had to share. Paul Haggis recently dropped Scientology because of its conflicting messages regarding homosexuality. Paul Haggis is a smart guy, and I've liked many of his movies. But that an intelligent man could say something as inane as this...
“There was a feeling of camaraderie that was something I’d never experienced—all these atheists looking for something to believe in, and all these loners looking for a club to join.”
Huh? An atheist looking for something to believe in is a contradiction in terms. Loners looking for a club to join...come on. I'm both. I'm an atheist because I could give. a. shit. And I'm a loner, whose joined clubs because I liked what the club did, not the people, or the comraderie. In fact, I sit by myself and specifically tried to talk to as few people as possible. Most of the clubs I've belonged to have served alcohol. That's a draw too.
Haggis was a disturbed young man, dropping out of school, having limited social success, Scientology helped him. Bully for him.
Religion prays on people who need people. I need only one person. And I have her.