WASHINGTON. “The one man in the world who never believes he’s mad,” said science fiction author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, “is a madman.” When I think of the Democratic Party and its irrational ravings over man-made climate change, I think of Scientology and its brainwashed adherents.
Myths that guide us
In the 2015 HBO documentary on Hubbard and his church, “Going Clear,” two-time Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis – and former Scientologist – recalls the excitement he felt after completing hours of study, at a cost of thousands of dollars. He had reached the spiritual level known among Scientologists as OT (“Operating Thetan”) III:
“I finally get to OT III and they give me the secret materials, which I’ve been hearing about all this time. They’re handwritten by [L. Ron] Hubbard. You have to keep them in a locked briefcase – be very cautious – because if this gets out, it’s dangerous to people. It can actually do them harm if they are not adequately prepared. And I read it. And it doesn’t make any sense. I remember thinking, for a fleeting second, ‘Well, maybe it’s an insanity test. Maybe if you believe this, they kick you out.’”
It wasn’t a psychological evaluation but an integral component of any religion: a creation myth. One that sounds a lot like a plot to a goofy 1950s sci-fi film than a story of reality’s supernatural conjuring and man’s role in it.
Hubbard fleshed it out in the audio recording that follows:
Questioning questionable assumptions
It’s interesting that Hubbard’s description of a civilization that existed 75,000 years ago is remarkably similar to the post-war America of the 1950s; down to the clothing, homes, automobiles, novelty 3D films, and McDonald Douglas DC-8 “space craft” used by the nefarious forces of the dark galactic “supreme ruler,” Xenu.
“They [Scientologists] sell it all, in the beginning, as something quite logical,” recalls Haggis, “I’m down for the self-help stuff… but what the f__k is this?”
Hubbard’s insane creation myth may explain his church’s rabid antagonism toward modern psychiatry.
As Hubbard wrote in 1980:
“The most charitable look at this would be that the psychologists and psychiatrists are simply incompetent. But other more sinister implications can be drawn… One cannot go so far as to say that psychiatry and psychology knowingly create criminals or actively plan and implant their patients to commit crimes, even though it might look this way in some cases… Their technology is incapable of detecting, much less helping, the criminal.”
L. Ron Hubbard Democrats
Today’s Democratic Party is slavishly dedicated to its own myths. But theirs have little to do with creation. Today, they seem focused on decreation. Global extinction.
And chief among the monsters of their fevered imagination is man-made climate change. And they are making noises indicating the issue promises to be the focus of the presidential contest in 2020.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls it “the existential threat of our time” and that “Congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and future.”
Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says,
“The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change… the abdication of responsibility that we’ve seen from so many powerful people, even people who abdicate that responsibility by calling themselves liberal or a Democrat, or whatever it is, I feel a need for all of us to breathe fire.”
And Vanity Fair magazine’s favored Democratic presidential hopeful, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, fears his white privilege faces dreadful extermination. That “this is our final chance. The scientists are absolutely unanimous on this. That we have no more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis.”
Saying no to far fetched alarmism
The rational among us all know that, barring unforeseen personal calamities, we’ll be here in twelve years to watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke wildly wave their arms, eyes darting wildly, and gnashing their teeth over another, yet-to-be-determined, beast of science fiction.
The “settled science” of the past
Back in 1970, Life magazine reported “scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence” that by 1980
“urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution” and see a reduced “amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”
That same year, Harvard University biologist and Nobel laureate George Wald said our world would end within fifteen to thirty years “unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
And other than millennials, who could forget Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich’s prediction of mass starvation within the same time frame due to overpopulation?
Consider the source
So, when Democrat climate alarmists warn of worldwide catastrophes based on the theoretical models of “settled science,” should we suspend our common sense, be cowed, and believe?
A more rational course of action is to recognize the corrupting influence left-wing politics has had on science over the decades. Then enjoy a hearty laugh, and ignore the ravings of quacks in white lab coats.
Humankind would be better served if these practitioners of pseudoscience refocus their efforts combating a threat more plausible than man-made climate change. Like the menace posed to Operating Thetans by the galactic supreme ruler Xenu.
Top Images: John Travolta in L. Ron Hubbard’s “Battlefield Earth,” screen capture.
Nancy Pelosi inset by Gage Skidmore
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inset MSNBC screen capture.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke inset MSNBC screen capture.