Despite the fact that Scientology is known around the world, and the focus of controversy, little is known about its founder, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. He was born in the small town of Creston in the state of California in 1911 and died in the same town in 1986. For his followers he is a prophet of a new era, while others describe him as an enlightened man and a swindler.
About the church of Scientology -or Scientology- all kinds of curiosities are told. His followers sign a contract that is valid for a billion years and oppose mainstream science, especially psychiatry and psychology . Some of his supporters are said to have infiltrated the United States government.
The fanatic and murderer Charles Manson took an introductory course on this church, but eventually separated from it because he understood that his theses were implausible.
Hollywood stars, with Tom Cruise as the main reference, have converted to this religious trend that, by the way, is considered a destructive sect in Germany and France.
L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer
About his childhood we know that he stood out for his passion for books and that as a teenager he became interested in the traditions of the Blackfoot tribe. Like millions of young people he belonged to the scout movement .
He entered George Washington University to study engineering but dropped out of the project and never graduated. Thereafter he began a new professional career as a science fiction writer.
During his time in the army, an officer introduced him to the doctrine of Freudian psychoanalysis. He participated in naval operations in World War ll and after being hospitalized for various injuries the army declared him incapacitated. According to his biographers, at that time he began to strengthen his mind to control physical pain.
At the end of the 1940s, his writing career went through a deep crisis and he was ruined. To survive, he was forced to sell his typewriter for $ 28. As he was an intelligent and tenacious man in a short time he came out of the rut.
He definitively rose to fame with a publication on dianetics, a pseudoscientific technique that claims that diseases of the body can be cured by controlling the mind. Over the years dianetics therapies have become a new doctrine, Scientology.
In the 1950s the Church of Scientology expanded remarkably and thousands of followers converted to the new religion.
In the mid-1960s he became obsessed with the idea that the government was spying on him, and for this reason several of his churches settled in large boats that traveled the navigable rivers of the United States.
Hubbard’s doctrine closely resembles his science fiction stories. In this sense, he argued that millions of years ago a part of the universe was governed by a confederation of galaxies under the power of a dictator named Xenu. The dictator sent millions of beings to occupy Earth and over the years they became human beings.
According to Scientologists L. R Hubbard rests in peace in a remote galaxy
After being cremated, his followers said that his spirit remained alive in a distant galaxy. No wonder his life has been brought to the big screen.
In the 2013 film “The Master” actor Philip Seymour Hoffman played a science fiction writer who, at the end of World War II, created a unique religious organization . To avoid possible demands from Scientologists, the producers changed the story a little and the main character was called by another name and Scientology became La Causa.
One of the great achievements of this movement would come without the physical presence of its creator. In 1993 Scientology received the seal of “religion” by the governmental institution responsible for the tax control of the United States, allowing them to obtain millionaire benefits, making possible the expansion and development of this proposal. However, there are investigations that show the abuse and pressure of the followers of this belief on the Treasury agents, which led to such a decision