Poetry & Candles – “The Down is Up Theory”
What if Scientology was currently in the greatest period of expansion and impinging on the population of Earth more rapidly today than at any time in its history?
What if that was transpiring as we speak, BOOMING! In ways we would have never imagined in days passed?
And what if all of that was not occurring because of David Miscavige, or anything the Corporate Church has advanced, but rather, in spite of all they have done and are doing to quicken its destruction and ultimate demise.
Earth is an odd place. Oftentimes, we are awakened to bizarre realities, wherein “up” turns out to be “down” and down goes straight up. My personal observations of these phenomena happen to come from the entertainment industry. But we find it happening throughout history in philosophy, politics, business, religion and the arts.
Cases in point – Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, the pop star and the biblical figure both.
Elvis’s rise to worldwide fame began as every parent’s nightmare and Christianity’s pet Lucifer incarnate. Everything about his PR seemed to spell doom, for his popularity and for Rock N Roll. They had Elvis record burning exorcisms in small towns across America. Church pulpits and mainstream commentators called for the immediate banning of his live, sexually explosive appearances nationwide.
Young women’s virtues were being ravished and the devil was loose on their souls, it was claimed.
But then something happened. He emerged from the ashes of dissent as one of the most beloved artist, communicators to ever grace the planet.
Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones destroyed hotel rooms and sampled the drugs and women in every country in the free world. They torched youth culture with contempt for authority and ushered in the age of freewheeling sex, drugs and Rock music. But down was up in the hearts of the youthful and they became idols, not despised ex-convicts – all in spite of the devastating press coverage and the miles of incriminating headlines.
Up was down, the good kid in the nicely pressed JC Penny shirt was a “square,” and the kid with the shaggy hair and torn jeans was “cool.” And John Lennon realized it took Jesus 500 years to become a global celebrity. The Beatles did it in five. That’s years not centuries.
Oh but they ruined youth culture, popularized drugs, reduced music to screaming guitars and generally degraded everything they touched, it could be said. But that would only highlight the down is up theory mentioned above. The point is every inch of bad press, insult, law suits, criminal charges and devastating attacks did not add up to oblivion. It fueled their rocket rides to stardom.
I can remember a time when one could have asked a hundred people or more before you met anyone who had ever heard the word “Scientology.” Today, if you asked 100 people at any mall in America odds are you would get a pretty high percentage that said, “Oh sure – or that’s that religion thing, that Sci-Fi Hubbard guy, where they…”
That the public’s image, impression or opinion of Scientology or Dianetics or LRH is good or bad is not the point. Of greater importance is the simple fact that “Public Awareness” of their existence has exploded monumentally by comparison to previous times.
The phenomenon is called “cultural lag” (LRH was aware of it) and in simple terms it refers to the amount of time and energy it takes to bring about public awareness of someone or something. And it is something that every new idea, movement, invention, product, service and/or personality must overcome to ever get a foot on the world stage.
As Elvis’s manager, Coronel Tom Parker put it, “I don’t care what trash you write about Elvis, just spell the name right – it’s Presley.”
He understood something about gaining popularity that a great many have yet to grasp. Down could be up and up could be down when it came to the subject of “public attention,” and one’s place on the global stage. The operative term on the subject is, “attention,” not good or bad press, just ATTENTION.
Tom Parker’s strategy and ultimate aim was very clear. “You don’t like him; you hate him and want him dead, fine. I’m happy to hear it because you aren’t ever going to forget him now are you?” And he was right. Today Elvis Presley transcends mere popularity. He is embedded in the cultural consciousness of human culture as an icon of joyous interaction – music. The negative references are GONE! Vanished! Or they are celebrated be an ever-increasing base of new, young fans just discovering his iconic haircut.
And so it was with a young Madonna. In the end her talents and array of skills in the ways of the world won her the day and a hundred million fans from two-horse towns in Bulgaria to the Vatican. People quickly forgot that she pranced around nine parts naked, mimicking the sexual act with Jesus hanging on a black cross, in front of all of America. They just saw something in one of her other performances they liked and POW! She was popular suddenly and record sales hit the stratosphere, parents, Christians and little old ladies who read newspapers, “Be damned…”
Sure! Don’t we all wish that nice words spoken about us and friendly relations all around would have people flocking to auditors and plowing through check sheets, all singing the praises of the New Civilization, admiring LRH Tech and spouting why the world needs to tear down the Mental Health industry, by noon on Friday the 13th. Wouldn’t it be grand if up was always up and down was always down and little kids and puppy dogs always got what they wanted for Christmas too.
But that is not how movements, new ideas, iconic communicators or major shifts in human culture gain ground. They blow into an existing culture with the noise of cannon fire, with feuding opponents throwing death blows at each other.
That does not mean civil war or blood or violent chaos must ensue.
But it does mean that gaining popularity on a global scale is a monumental challenge of getting people’s attention, at least enough to begin discussion and debate. And when that happens the “panty-wasted” wimps and mild-mannered peace lover had better leave the room; because, you know the proverbial shit is going to hit the wall and every innocent bystander within three city blocks.
#1: “Change” is a highly explosive, emotional subject. #2: Can anyone spell “Service Facsimile?”
So the theory is posed: What if Scientology was currently in the greatest period of expansion and impinging on the population of Earth more rapidly today than at any time in its history? What would that mean to the thousands of auditors (tech terminals) students and PCs who may feel that Scientology is currently in the worst possible state of affairs?
Is down actually DOWN or is it possible that the truths contained in the subject are so illuminating that no amount of darkness, bad press, not even the implosion of Miscavige’s orgs could have the slightest impact on the forward drive that truth is on?
That may or may not seem logical or even possible – to you, or you or you.
But this much is fact, proven by time itself. Elvis and The Beatles rocked this planet with aesthetics and new forms of beauty. And they did it with devastating press and rabid haters and screaming SP attacks at every turn.
Their creations proved to be timeless treasures and were ultimately seen as such by the masses in the end.
Under the spotlight, on the grand world stage it does not matter who protests the making of your music, or more to the point, the existence and practices of Scientology. If one does not like it because of something they heard, read or listened to then too bad. Protest and vicious debates are the beginning of the game, not the end, as evidenced in the now famous words of country music’s aging, but popular, Hank William Jr.
“If you don’t like country music you can kiss my ass.”
I might phrase that a bit more eloquently when it comes to the subject of Scientology and LRH, of course. But it would definitely include some reference to my Scottish Highlander, warrior trained, kilt wearing, no under garment arse…
So tonight, as I write these words, I’m inclined to not care what anyone writes or says about LRH, Scientology or Dianetics. I say, just spell the name right. That’s H U B B A R D with an “L” for Lafayette.