I remember first to hearing about it from my uncle Peter who lives in Long Beach, and
when I visited him in L.A. for the first time he told me about this religion that had been
该教由科幻小说作家L.Ron Hubbard创立 受到演员和名人喜爱
created by a sci-fi writer called L. Ron Hubbard, and that it was beloved of actors and celebrities,
and that they used hard sales tactics.
These were all his allegations; I mean I’m sure Scientology would deny it.
And that they were very secret, no one really knew what was going on inside.
他告诉我 我记得他是这么说的 “你可以试着接受去看看他们的本质
And in fact he told me—I remember him saying, “You can go down and look at their base;
they’ve got walls around it with spikes on, but the spikes don’t face outward…the spikes
And I thought all of this was sort of really appealing.
I mean my own sense of both the absurd but also the macabre was massively piqued.
Scientology to me seems to be a kind of junction of so many quintessentially American qualities.
You’ve got the celebrity dimension; you’ve got the fact that it’s in Hollywood; you’ve
got its sort of relation to the business world and its swash-buckling form of capitalism
that we have in the U.S. where you find a need and you market to it, and if the need
doesn’t exist then you create the need.
对我来说 一个很好的比较就是 麦当劳和科学神教
To me it’s always very telling when you realize that basically McDonald’s and Scientology
came into existence at almost exactly the same time.
Around about 1950 Dianetics was published and the first McDonald’s was established.
And actually as business models they’re rather similar in they both work using a franchise system.
某种意义上讲 对我而言 科学神教就是在贩卖精神汉堡
And in a sence to me Scientology is selling the spiritual hamburgers, if you like.
But it’s this piquancy that’s added to it because of the strangeness and humor that’s
wrapped around it, you know, the bizarreness of the language and the ritual.
The packaging is to me quite funny.
At the heart of Scientology is a kind of contradiction, which is that they want to spread the good
news about Scientology and Dianetics, that it’s a life-changing, life-saving system
that allows you to be your best, and in fact more than that is our last, best hope for
即从战争 疾病 犯罪 狭隘等等之中拯救世界的希望
saving the planet from war, insanity, crime, intolerance, and so forth.
But they also don’t want to give up those secrets too easily either, because they would
告诉你必须经过某种途径 到达“真正自由之桥（Bridge to Total Freedom）”
say you have to go through a certain path, and that takes a “Bridge to Total Freedom,”
as they call it.
But actually arguably it’s because it’s their business model to sell secrets.
So the contradiction is, well how do you market a secret?
不同于其他宗教 像基督教 你可以买《圣经》
And unlike other religions that I can think of, Christianity—you can get a Bible, in
any hotel room you’ll find one in the top drawer of your bedside table.
像伊斯兰教 佛教 印度教 所有我知道的主流宗教
And Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, all the major religions as far as I’m aware, their sacred
texts are freely available, and there aren’t a whole bunch of secrets, you know, origin
stories or mysterious myths, that you have to pay to learn.
“Well what’s inside the box?
What could it be?”
他们对待外人 特别是记者 就像是敌人
And they also regard outsiders, and particularly journalists, as enemies.
对我而言 问题是 他们不仅没有给你接近采访的权利
To me, it’s actually both a problem in as much as they’re not giving access
but it’s also massively appealing and tantalizing tobe aggressively confronted and
then turned away.
Unlike most religions that you think of as being sort of welcoming, and ethical, and
in the normal way where they sort of invite you—“Come on in, film with us, we’ll tell
you what we do”—Scientology is constantly, it seems to me, kind of pushing you away and
telling you that they don’t want your coverage.
That nothing you can say about them is going to be the truth.