A new and much-awaited book ‘Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief‘, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, scheduled to go on sale on January 17, 2013; is generating mixed feelings among staunchest of critics. The feelings which emanate from a trivia: Why so many Logical and rational People are game to Scientology.
The book is based on author’s article about former Scientologist and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis in The New Yorker. But it also includes new details on Scientology stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
That apart, the book covers the Scientology church’s beginnings under science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s to its present controversial leader David Miscavige. That aprt, the book The book will cover the church’s financial status and its standing in Hollywood.
According to the author, the book tries to answer many questions people have about Scientology:
What is it that makes this religion alluring?
What do its adherents get out of it?
How can rational-seeming people subscribe to beliefs that others find incomprehensible?
Why do popular personalities associate themselves with a faith that is likely to create public relations martyrdom?
Although my familiarity with Scientology is just superficial; I have read that Tom Cruise believes that he benefited a lot from Scientology. Tom Cruise, who was diagnosed with ADH (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity) and Dyslexia (inability to learn words, the word has lexicon in it) during childhood, in one interview some years ago, claimed that Scientology helped him a lot in his life. If I understood his words rightly, then he said — Scientology makes a person Functionally literate, to the extent that even a person who can’t read and write, can own his own Plane.