|Not an irrelevant trifle
|The Scientology movement was founded in the 50s by
L. Ron Hubbard. In spite of being such a recent religion, it has spread
relatively widely, possibly because of its connection to Hollywood.
Another possible reason for the wide spread of Scientology is that it
mirrored societal tensions of the cold war, and offered answers to
questions that were brought to the fore at the time. During this
period, there was a wave of UFO movies in the Hollywood movie industry,
and the fear of an invasion was great - which could explain the panic
that spread in New Jersey when the H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds
was broadcast as a radio play in 1938, and people thought the planet
was actually being invaded by aliens.
L. Ron Hubbard started his career as a science fiction author, before transitioning to more existential literature, and even though it isn’t highlighted, some elements from the former have been brought to the latter.
The Scientologists often emphasize that L. Ron Hubbard travelled in Europe and studied Freud and Jung. In Not an irrelevant trifle there is an amalgamation of the texts of these three authors. Their theories of psychology of religion are combined to give two perspectives; that of the psychoanalyst and that of the protagonist. One tries to explain the genesis of belief, whether it is belief in religion or UFOs, and the other is about what a faith can offer on a personal level.
One of their common denominators is that they dwell on “the Self”, partly through the individual’s relation to the community and the society, partly through writing and collecting as a way of remembering “oneself”. You can also see the personal development that religion promises – One frees oneself from unawareness and reaches one’s full potential.