apotheosis: “The fact or action of becoming or making into a god; deification.” [Wiktionary]
When I first read The Hymn of Asia, I found it quite aesthetic. But you can’t possibly expect me to believe that LRH wanted us to take it literally! If so, I expect that he would have come right out and told us so before he dropped his body. So, why then?
There is no question that LRH was an extraordinary man. And his contributions to mankind are without equal. However, when I look at the extent of the glorification that is currently happening within the Church, I am perplexed. Is this what Ron would have wanted?
Throughout history, monarchs and religious leaders were almost always held in enormous reverence. However, the organizations they founded usually developed into “personality cults” or totalitarian regimes such as the Nazis or the Roman Empire. In these cases, a single leader became associated with a revolutionary transformation, and came to be treated as a God without whom the transformation to a better future couldn’t occur. This has generally been the justification for such deification.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for Scientology. Indeed, the religion of Scientology could never be disassociated with LRH, nor should it be. But to put so much attention on the man instead of the product of his technology is fundamentally contrary to everything that he stood for!
For instance, why do a majority of the Div 6 displays focus on the history of LRH and public relations activities in his name instead of services that will actually help people? And why are millions of dollars being spent on huge “Ideal Orgs” that act like shrines to LRH, instead of making Auditors and Clears. How is this going to achieve the aims of Scientology?
If at least equal energy were being spent on delivering actual Scientology, then it could possibly be excused. But there isn’t. If there were an effective program being run to turn around the dismal delivery statistics in orgs, then maybe it would make sense. However, instead, all staff members are currently being given sales quotas for the new Ron encyclopedia set.
Is this what staff members have become – encyclopedia salesmen? I could think of a hundred outpoints in this situation; however, the following quote certainly comes to mind:
“This morning I received a cable from an org. An urgent cable. Did it say, ‘How do you assess for a Prehav level’ or something sensible? No, it didn’t. It said, ‘Send us some biographical data for a newspaper article.’ I spit. That org is doing the lousiest job possible in Technical and is all worked up to get publicity. What’s this? Do they think a society in this shape will approve Scientology into power? Hell no! And to hell with this society. We’re making a new one. So let’s skip the approval button from a lot of wogs and settle down to work to make new people and better people. Then maybe you’ll have a society.”
-LRH [HCO PL 26 May 61 II, QUALITY COUNTS]