Sat down last night and watched the HBO movie Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Wow. If you’re like me, and really have no idea what it means other than Tom Cruise jumping up and down on a couch like some sort of maniac… well, this movie is for you. I knew there were aliens involved, but I didn’t realize how utterly fucked up the premise of this “religion” was.
So 75 million years ago there’s this galactic overlord named Xenu who brought a whole bunch of his people to Earth in DC8 airplanes and dropped them into volcanoes before bombing the shit out of them with hydrogen bombs? And now all their little spirits cling to humans and cause us spiritual harm… unless we pay uber amounts of money to work up different levels until we reach the top and are finally clear? Where do I sign up?
Oh, did I mention THIS is Xenu?
Looks pretty badass, if I do say so myself.
I will say in all seriousness that I do understand the appeal of people wanting to better themselves and finding like-minded people who share their beliefs is important. But I do not understand how seemingly rational people (Tom Cruise excluded) would look at this and say “Yup! That sounds like a good fit for me!”.