|Parallels (or reverse parallels) between South Park’s “Super Adventure Club” and Scientology
||[Mar. 23rd, 2006|11:32 am]
They are numerous. I’ll try and do my best to summarize the ones I can think of, in no particular order:|
1) Almost all Scientologist tend to be young. By the time they get older they notice that the “super powers” they were supposed to have obtained by advancing up the Scientology “bridge” just aren’t materializing, and sooner or later they realize it's a scam and thus bolt. South Park did a reverse parallel by making most of the members of “Super Adventure Club” old.
2) The head dude in Super Adventure Club pulled out this obscenely ridiculous piece of technology that he thought was just this amazingly powerful device – a spinning spiral that was supposed to cause hypnosis. A silly device that they think actually works – hello E-Meter.
3) SAC’s founder kept trying to climb mountains and be a great explorer but found that everywhere he went, someone else had already been there. This is like L. Ron's so-called spiritual discoveries. Much of his “Operating Thetan” malarkey can be traced to “life readings” done by psychic Edgar Cayce in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and all of his other material is plundered from a number of sources i.e. Freud, Buddhism etc.
4) SAC’s founder was completely batshit and came up with this blitheringly stupid nonsense that his followers actually think is the greatest thing since sliced bread, when in fact it’s so embarrassingly stupid.
5) So often Scientologists, when confronted with their E-Meter, auditing, body thetan Xenu nonsense say “Yeah but is this any stupider than the Son of God supposedly coming down to Earth and getting crucified for our sins?” And you think to yourself “Uhhh yeah .. it’s way stupider.” Stan had such a conversation with the leader of SAC.
6) Like SAC members, Scientology is ultimately at odds with normal living, and members end up having to chose between the cult and normal society.
7) Chef fails to successfully cross the bridge. Scientology has this bunk, more brain diarrhea from L. Ron Hubbard called “The Bridge to Total Freedom.” Supposedly as one progresses up the expensive Scientology levels one will experience total freedom from all difficulties and have super mental powers, including the power to manipulate physical surroundings with the mind. This power is supposed to be due to the fact that you’re “clear” of all “body thetans” (dead space alien ghosts that go back to the Xenu Incident of 75 million years ago). In Scientology the whole bridge symbolism is important. TomKat supposedly walked across a bridge after saying their vows as a symbol of unity with Scientology. Like I said, more L. Ron brain diarrhea that some Scientologists spend decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing after. Many critics call this so-called bridge to enlightenment “The Bridge to Nowhere.” Chef met his end trying to cross a bridge. A bridge to nowhere.
8) Note the absurd idiocy of the “secret” SAC’s DEAD founding father discovered - having sex with little children makes a person immortal. If it makes him immortal, why is he dead? This parallels that L. Ron died at the age of 74, a fat bloated, pill addicted alcoholic, and yet he was the father of a belief system that asserted that increasing up the Scientology “bridge” give one complete control over one’s mental and physical condition. BTW, the LA County Coroner reported that L. Ron had the psychoactive drug Visiril in his system when he died.
9) Remember how Stan easily confused the Super Adventure Club with the benign group Adventure Club that goes hiking? Scientology is often confused with Christian Science, a relatively benign belief in scientific prayer. If fact, most people assume that Scientology is some kind of science based minor philosophy, and are very surprised to find out that it’s actually boatloads of bizarre nonsense about thetans, Xenu, E-meters, engrams etc.
10) When Stan told the head SAC guy that they wouldn’t leave without Chef, the SAC guy said something like ‘OK then, if you don’t leave voluntarily I will’ .. ominous music … ‘Call security!’ Then he goes on to laugh maniacally at how funny it will be when they get escorted out and how embarrassing it will be for them when everybody sees them being escorted out.
This is really going after the jugular on just how toothless Scientology really is. When organizations establish ruthless tactics early, sometimes this reputation can last decades. Even long after the organization has lost any real punch. And such is the case with Scientology. So many people these days are waiting to catch them in a “black ops” it makes it difficult for them to really conduct them they way they used to. And so many people are exposing them, criticizing and satirizing them of late, it would be impossible to sue them all.
Fact is, there is such a reservoir of bad will that Scientology has built up that the chickens are starting to come home to roost. Criticism now can be loud, decisive and go right to the heart of exposing Scientology’s idiocy, and they can do little now but reap what they have truly sewn.