I like to consider myself a casual anthropologist meaning I enjoy learning about different groups and cultures. I've recently fallen into the subjects of cults partly because a close loved one left an organization she deems a cult. From there I've learned more about the broad subject. I've looked at some books. I've discovered the similarities that highly controlled groups have with one another. So now I'm here hoping to learn more about Scientology.
Before I started reading about "cults" I was simply interested in the study of religion and spirituality. As you can imagine, the differences are blurry.
Learning about Scientology has seemed daunting to me. I've heard horror stories of people being harassed. Also, I happen to live in an area surrounded by Scientologists. If I ever crossed the line, I know I would be in trouble. However I truly want to understand the culture. I'm just curious. So I hope to check out this forum and learn more and ask questions. Thanks for allowing me to join.