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    I live near the Scientologists.. um...Training Center? Futuristic Commune? College Campus? near Sheridan, Oregon (YOU CAN SEE THE FEDERAL PRISON FROM THERE! AND THE CASINO!).

    I have never visited, but occasionally I run into a Scientologist, and recently, it was a guy in Portland selling an old aluminum trailer. It makes a whole story in and of itself, my encounter with that guy which lasted for the better part of two days in the attempt to locate the title, which he never did.

    I lived here when they were first recruiting in the 70's on streetcorners. I know OF them, but as Katherine Anne Porter said, all she had to do was look in a barracks for five minutes to know everything she needed to know about being in the military. That is the sense one gets of a Scientologist. Just talk to one, for 5 minutes, and you will know all you need to know. After that, all the talk becomes more of the same, on smaller and smaller scales until you vanish into a dot of self-reflection. The anti-Enlightenment. I guess valid ideas in the universe, like the Enlightenment, work in both directions.. to the infinite good and growth, and to the reductionary dark matter. HA!  

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:30:52 AM PST

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