Oh thanks for the heads up on the link, it has gone through some changes and I've had to amend it a few times, so its good of people to point that out, I'll fix it asap.
Me? I'll be hitting the 'Mercan highway speed limit next week @ 55, but I feel much younger mostly
As to the keeping, or trying to, of the 'good parts' of Hubbard's stuff, well, I for one can not see this as a positive thing, mainly because it keeps a person tied into it in a subtle way.
Forgive me if I Godwina bit here, but its like saying to yourself 'Gee, the Nazis had such snazzy uniforms, I like dressing nicely, so maybe its not all bad, or maybe its okay if I just keep that part (swaztikas and all), and shiney boots, I like shiney boots......' know what I mean?
It is not so much that there are not some good parts, but rather that it all ties in, through the mind, actions and heart of what was created, it becomes very hard to seperate because it was actually designed to be thus. In other words, from my own point of view, a person can unknowingly keep getting drawn deeper/back by association with even the slightest of thoughts because the mindfuck was created as a whole mind-replacement thingie, it is full of back-doors and mind games, re-occuring cognitions, and false highs that tend to give one hope that it is 'real'. The bits and pieces that are acceptable are just shrapnel, but the scrapnel's toxic and possibly hides a further more hidious weapon. (hey, its how I think things out, : )
To my view the only way to shake it off is to shun the whole ball-of-wax. If you can take yourself back to the start and, start over, doesn't mean totally strip yourself bare, but do some mental house-cleaning with some common sense and gained knowledge.
Learn something real everyday, never stop your brain from gaining, never stop your spirit (or whatever you chose to call your inner being) from growing, never stop your heart from loving and caring. We may not get all the answers seeked in one fell swoop, but accept that that may be.
Edit, had to cut this short due to system updates that require a re-start. If I get inspired agin I'll add to this thread, but I am being slightly redundant aqnyhow