"Snakes are not dangerous to you. There are no snakes in the bottom of your bed."
A mantra that we could all do with. (Although I think if you're around venomous snakes, all of the affirmations in the world won't stop them from being dangerous. And as someone who's been bitten by a (non-venomous) snake, I'm not 100% behind it.)
Just finished all 26 pages of the author's New Yorker piece! Thanks to the Pin's Scientology and Me series I'm able to follow the saga much better than I otherwise would have been.
Just going to echo the other comments by saying THANK YOU for such a thought-provoking, well-written series. You've really made me re-evaluate how I feel about Scientolists. That is to say, I still think Scientology is kind of crazy, but I can respect the individual Scientologist a little more. Keep doing what you do; I look forward to hopefully one day reading more! And special thanks to you & your mom for patiently answering questions in the comments :).
Thank you so much for this series. It's been thought-provoking and informative and emotional, and I'm sad to see it go.
This has been a great series. I summarized some of it during a conversation a few weeks ago about cults and fringe religions, and the people I was with were very interested in it. Hopefully I did it justice. :) Between that and the excellent article from a former follower of Rev. Moon, I've learned so much about the humanity behind these punchlines.
Also, I know this is tangential, but South Park, man. No one ever called me a ginger until that famous episode came out, nor did anyone say I didn't have a soul. I was called other things for my hair color over the years, but it was definitely SP that brought the US closer to UK-levels of ginger-teasing. I don't care about it personally -- we're not socially disadvantaged here, no one I know ever meant it maliciously, and it might have been funny if it hadn't gotten so eye-rollingly frequent. It's just funny how that show has really changed people's take on certain things, and I'd forgotten that Scientology is one of them.
@Stella Forstner I've done it, too, but so many of my friends' brothers have served their missions that part of me always wants to invite them in and make them food. Buuuuut I don't really feel like listening to their pitch, so I just smile in a hopefully more friendly than "come talk to me" way and go about my day.
This series has been wonderful to read. Your family's story is really eye-opening, and your writing is lovely.
Also, we should totally have a Seattle pin-up.
Thank you! Brave and enlightening series! I was always curious about Scientology and you not only provided an interesting description about your experience with the church, but brought up a lot of valid points about the human experience! I guess that is why so many people have related, as I also appreciated so many of the thoughtful and brave comments of Pinners sharing their own experiences!! I wish you all the best and look forward to hopefully reading more by you!
@Tuna Surprise I'm not sure I could say this any better, so, Ditto.
I will miss this series!