Re: Going Clear - Chapter 2: Source
I think this book is going to be a bit of a challenge to digest and discuss - there is so much mania, madness, abuse, and downright lunacy!
Just listing a few tidbits from this chapter so far:
p. 26 - A failed manic film expedition. How did LRH fancy himself qualified to do this?
p. 29 - LRH has a near death experience in a dentist chair and believes the secrets of the universe have been revealed to him.
p. 30 - LRH writes a small book about this experience. "Hubbard sent excited telegrams to publishers in New York, inviting them to meet him at Penn Station where he would auction off a manuscript that would change the world." Wow, breathtaking mania.
p. 33 - Another failed overblown voyage, the "Alaskan Radio Experimental Expedition".
p. 45 - LRH explores black magick in the manner of Aleister Crowley. Hubbard works on a ceremony called the "Babalon Working", attempting to create a "moonchild" who becomes the Antichrist. When he hears of these activities, Crowley states "I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these goats." Wow, when you get a reaction like that from Mr. Crowley, there's your ticket for the Clue Bus!
p. 45 - LRH's son L. Ron Hubbard Jr. states "Black magic is the inner core of Scientology - and it is probably the only part of Scientology that really works."
And we're just barely getting warmed up!