Marty Rathbun’s forthcoming book What Is Wrong With Scientology? is likely to be rather controversial to both corporate as well as independent Scientologists alike. There are some subjects (“sacred cows” as Marty puts it) that he alludes to in his introduction that will most likely challenge the reader’s willingness to confront what really is wrong with Scientology; especially, if LRH or the technology itself are challenged.
Part of the controversy is inherent in his choice of words for the title. Any time you use the word “wrong” in a discussion, you are likely to get heated responses. The reason has a lot to do with the definitions of this word, and the tendency to reactively identify.
1. not in accordance with what is morally right or good: a wrong deed.
2. deviating from truth or fact; erroneous: a wrong answer.
3. not correct in action, judgment, opinion, method, etc., as a person; in error: You are wrong to blame him.
4. not proper or usual; not in accordance with requirements or recommended practice: the wrong way to hold a golf club.
5. out of order; awry; amiss: Something is wrong with the machine. [Dictionary.com]
It is a mistake to A=A=A the many distinctly different concepts of this word. I think that doing so is the reason it is a button for most. The first three definitions tend to be invalidative, which illicit the expected response from a reactive being. The fourth is very applicable to the misapplication of a technology. However, the last, which is most likely the concept that Marty is communicating with the title of his book, is something that definitely needs to be confronted if one is to fix something – in this case, Scientology (the application AND the organization.)
I for one think that Marty chose a perfect title. I can’t wait to see if he actually answers the question that he poses. Even though there are undeniable truths in the philosophy of Scientology, and the technology when standardly applied can perform nothing short of miracles, there has always been that lingering doubt in my mind – the thought that there is something very wrong at the core that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It’s a question that I think every sane individual secretly begins to ponder once he gets involved with Scientology.
It certainly indicates to me! It was this question (not unlike “What is the Matrix?”) that led me on my path of discovery, and ultimately brought me out of my trance. It was this question that unerringly led me to the truth. Hopefully, Marty can build on this, and help others as well on their own personal journeys to freedom.