Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.
Recently, when my relationship ended (and not before, as it may appear) I embarked on an expedition, of sorts, to discover what a tailor fitted romance might look like on me. Deconstructing a traditional relationship by eliminating rules felt like a good place to start. I've never had established rules of conduct with any of my friends or family, just trust that we would behave and interact respectfully, which should be a prerequisite for any relationship.
Fear sells. Religion, spirituality, marketing experts, politicians running for office and of course governments have long understood that one of the...
A pharmacist should be required to dispense prescriptions regardless of religious beliefs, just as a supermarket cashier must check out meat products even though eating animal flesh goes against his or her vegan beliefs.
What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"
I hit the ground running, arriving not-quite midway into the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in time to crank out a five-movie day on Sunday. That's less a testament to my stamina than to luck and logistics.
It is hard not to despair. A woman entering a clinic for personal health care now must wade through potential hordes of obnoxious strangers getting i...
In her spirited one-woman show, "DiffiCult to leave," Roslyn Cohn uses song and narrative to recount her Scientology experiences. Alternatively hilarious and moving, the show is a first-hand account of the before and after of life in a cult... perhaps the largest, and most powerful, cult in contemporary times.
Burroughs' involvement in Scientology has received only scant mention in the biographies that have appeared about him, so it has been left to David Wills to right the record in his Scientologist! Williams S. Burroughs and the Weird Cult.
Scientology's "good works" non-profit umbrella group, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), has used SBPI in the past to purchase property for its programs, including the facility that makes up its flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead.
By the way, psychopaths in the U.S. rarely use the NGRI (Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity) defense because they know it will deliver more time inside than going to prison. Are our psychopaths smarter?
In The Losing Game, Lugli has asked ex-Scientologists to talk about what they lost after spending years in the church.
This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.
We've just finished Jenna Miscavige Hill's memoir, Beyond Belief, and we can say that it packs a powerful punch in its final pages as the niece of Scientology's leader considers his behavior and its effect on her life, both in and out of the church.
Our thanks to those clever folks at Anonymous, who very early this morning posted a real gem: a new International Association of Scientologists (IAS) video by our old friends in Melbourne.
Quietly going about one's business -- putting in time as an IRS agent, serving in the army, working toward winning the Heisman or performing small acts of kindness for their own sake -- is a noble and satisfying pursuit. Far easier said than done, but surely not impossible.