Sunday, December 21, 2008

Diskeeper Suit on Slashdot

Slashdot picked up on Touretzky's article about two ex-employees suing Diskeeper (a company run by Scientologists) after being fired, alleging that the company makes Scientology training a mandatory condition of employment.
Diskeeper's surprising response to the lawsuit appears to be that religious instruction in a place of employment is protected by the First Amendment. The blogger at believes that the legal mechanism that Diskeeper is using to advance this argument is inappropriate and will be disallowed, but that the company will eventually be permitted to present its novel legal theory.

Give More than You Receive

One of the useful things I learned from Scientology was the notion of service. The most important thing you need to know for a business to succeed is to provide a service which people find useful. The way LRH develops this notion goes further than what may seems obvious.

I am traveling a lot and it always surprises me how people in developing countries try to make a profit by over-pricing their services. Well, it's human, but hardly the best approach. If they were pricing reasonably but concentrated on delivering a perfect service instead, they would ultimately reap considerably more than the petty gain they seek to make. They may even get rich. They don't know that, and that's of course one of the reasons why they struggle through life in the first place.

Bottom line, give rather than expect receiving. You may lose a little here and there, but ultimately you will find that things just come your way.

Of course, Scientology does not have a copyright on that notion, but I found a particular aspect of it quite nicely developed in an article rightly entitled "Why Give More than You Receive".

PS - when I was working in Saint Hill, U.K., I used some of my free time to hop on a motorbike and go to Brockwood Park nearby to hear Krishnamurti speak. When he was not speaking, he would sometimes mingle with the crowd in a humble way. For example, he would line-up for food just like everyone else. When someone would come to him to shake his hand and thank him, he would shake back and thank a hundred times more enthusiastically. This sometimes was funny because he was a small Indian type, and some of the Caucasians where strongly built types, but it remained in my memory as a perfect application of this principle, even onto small things.

Chris Guider

Scientology's little big man keen to 'assist' Dragons.


An article on Chris Guider, known for being the one "who played in all three grand finals on the one day", an exceptional feat which he attributes to Scientology:
"Through the purification rundown, which I did mid-1985, I went from being extremely fatigued after just one game in late 1984 to a point where I played three championship games in one day, all grand finals."
Being one of the smallest men ever to play, he became a target for giants and so became very creative around the ruck, a skill which he transferred to Hollywood's Celebrity Center, where he worked as a full-time staffer and where he aided people overcome their self doubts and reach the highest levels of performance.

Guider has now returned to Australia after a near 20-year absence and hopes to create what he calls "an ideal Scientology organization here in Sydney". He also wants "to ignite the fire with my old football club, St George Illawarra, and get them back to the top of rugby league".

PS - The article makes a small mistake towards the end by claim Anonymous is a group of ex-Scientologists.

Church or Not?

This post from ARS (in French) claims that contrary to what is being told in the European press, Scientology is not recognized as a Church in the USA but merely as a charitable Association.

Who's the Oddest?

From :
“One demonstrator shouted through a home made bull horn equipped with lips and eyes made of felt and Styrofoam. Lesson learned, Scientology may be odd but the protesters don't seem very far away.”