Okay, okay... I'm breathing deeply and trying to avoid the euphoria that so often accompanies Scientology so that I may render humbly an opinion - which I hope Scientology permits still. A question, though... Has any one -ology, -ism, -lam, or -anity ever "unified" humanity's existence...?
If anything, beliefs such as these have only segregated societies and peoples into smaller compartments - with most wanting to claim they represent the one, true "Voice" needed for the whole. Such divisions (whether for ill or good, conscience or not) emphasize the differences and not the commonalities between competing thoughts. In the end, such beliefs appear largely divisive and not overly unifying.
Therefore, what does Scientology have that the other -ologys don't? The answer - not much aside from a different perspective to humanity - based primarily in reasoned truth to the (almost) exclusion of faith.
I have to question, though, any belief that references the approval of the United States' Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for proof of it being a bona fide religion... Call me crazy! At least Joseph Smith had his archangel, some golden plates, and magic stones... (No offense or exclusion toward the Mormons there... just using them as a testament - can I get a Hallelujah from the readers?)
And yea, He said unto thee, "Go forth and do many, good works - provided your IRS Form 1023 has been filed in accordance with IRC 501(c)(3) before the prescribed deadline."
See?!? It just doesn't work... smoothly...
K'ung Fu Tzu (Confucius) and the Chinese philosophers, I believe, were closer to the ethical essence of existence (not to be confused with the reason or observed state of humanity - I think the western philosophers were more on target there, but I digress yet again) far more than all beliefs.
"The essentials of the yin-yang school are as follows: the universe is run by a single principle, the Tao, or Great Ultimate. This principle is divided into two opposite principles, or two principles which oppose one another in their actions, yin and yang. All the opposites one perceives in the universe can be reduced to one of the opposite forces."
As part of a Confucius example, were I a conservative, Republican (which - indeed - I am), I should believe that our society should have a liberal, Democrat to counter my existence, creating (as long as both agree to the same set of rules) harmony. Yeah, right!
The problem with this example is that there are those people that believe (earnestly even) they are above others. And they create - for "whatever" reason(s) they WANT to reference - ripples in the pond of harmony. Now, just picture what kind of ripple pattern you'd get in the pond when - oh say - a hundred people think this way... Looks very much like the world we live in... Provocatively so.
In parting, I leave with the words of a young but oh so wise sage - Ferris Beauller.
"[The exam is] on European socialism. I mean, really. What's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan to be European. So, who gives a shit if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists and it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car.
"Not that I condone fascism. Or any "isms". "Isms", in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an "ism". He should believe in himself. John Lennon said it on his first solo album. "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." A good point there. After all, he was the Walrus."
Would the brother from down under want to be associated with Face Off? Broken Arrow and/or Sword Fish -- I'm convinced they are the same movie, I have never seen them shown at the same time? Staying Alive and/or Perfect -- once again same movie? Look who's talking et al.? BATTLEFIELD EARTH?
If the devil is behind this, we're all in trouble.
Nonetheless, its not all bad, JFK Jr. could have been somewhat bright and not flown his plane into the ocean.
Plus, I have not heard a peep from Cuomo Jr.
I guess you have to count your blessings, and respect the Ying/Yang of it all.
Kool-Aid... Far too esoteric... visions of Jim Jones or should it be Tom Wolfe...? Regardless, how 'bout Boppin' Berry from Hi-C?!? Arsenic and/or cyanide complementary, of course, and in juice box-sized amounts!
And |mr|Darcy is an equal opportunity botherer... There's nothing quite like spreading your version of "happy, happy, joy, joy" to as many places and people as possible - including your own patch of sunshine (but that - like the location of the Bat Cave - will remain an unknown)!
"Shelves in the closet. Happy thoughts indeed!" - Miss Elizabeth Bennett.