Scientology is a Good Word
Look, I know you’re going to have a knee jerk reaction to that word.
I’m talking only about the word itself.
Lets pretend that nobody ever used it for anything else. Like it’s brand new.
Lets pretend it evolved.
Its kind of a drag that it was taken and used to brand the thing it conjures up. My friend sent me this Tesla quote.
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence” – Nikola Tesla.
I don’t know if theres a good word for non-physical phenomena, but i do know that if you say “spiritual” you also conjure up a whole set of ideas. Me, I think of hippies. I think of myself as more punk rock, so i guess I’m left out.
I hate to say it this directly, but haven’t we hit the point where both science and religions are both cults. Like Democrat and Republican. It seems with the advent of the internet, we’re getting more and more polarized. Nobody seems to be working to find the middle ground. I don’t really see this polarization in the real world though. I meet lots of new people every day from all walks of life, and most people see the good and bad in both sides of most arguments.
Maybe its because theres no good umbrella type word for this. So L Ron Hubbard I guess made up this word Scientology. And now its become a bad brand. Almost a swear word. The religion of assholes or something.
Scio, the root word means basically “I know”
Ology means “the study of”
Now, I am totally guilty of saying things that make me sound like a grumpy old man. “Back in my day…” This kind of thing. However, recently, Ive been thinking that something is different about the current context of these type of sayings. “Kids these days” and all that.
I think there IS something different. The implications of the internet are more than just financial or economic. We ARE at a point where something brand NEW has happened. For the first time in the history of man, we have the potential to be in direct contact with one another. This is a brand new plateau.
I don’t think its an understatement to say the potential of internet is completely unrealized. To my point, its used for porn, and selling products we don’t need. Even though I have an Amazon Prime subscription. Its still completely underutilized.
Maybe its not a problem of the word. Maybe a word like Scientology is irrelevant. Maybe its a website or an app. But shouldn’t we have some format where every opinion or idea can come together and be reconciled? Shouldn’t that be what the internet is used for?
I don’t know what the word should be. I don’t know how the app should run. I know there are many angles to this problem.
Maybe its that we’ve been asking the wrong questions.
Is anyone asking “What should we be doing with the internet?”
Is anyone asking “what are the key questions we need to be asking to evolve to a higher state?”
Seems like if everyone kicked in their personal answers or their individual truths it would end up with a library for a scientology kind of thing.