Yes! How absurd is it for a "religion" to pay destitute people in Southeast Asia to PRETEND to watch and like a lying propaganda video about their lying, sociopathic guru, L. Ron Hubbard? Why in hell would a "religion" do that?! REASONS WHY -- Because a vital part of "Dr" Hubbard's messianic message to the world is that: "Reality is Agreement". Hubbard's "scripture" claimed "What we agree to be real is real".-- Therefore (Scientologists believe) if they can prove a half million people agree with the propaganda lies about Hubbard, then the propaganda lies become reality.-- Scientology lies about internet views/likes for the same reason they lie and say that there are "over 15 million Scientologists" in the world. It's a variation on the corrupt concept of "stolen valor". Scientology's version--stolen agreement. Scientology is in fact terrified of revealing the truth about their true membership numbers because they superstitiously believe that the facts (that there are only about 20,000 - 30,000 active Scientologists in the world) would be tantamount to sticking pins in a Hubbardian voodoo doll. Scientology abounds with such superstitions, as do all other cargo cults.-- There is much other supportive "scripture" about why it is a good idea to make up lies when facts and reality are making people ridicule & reject the cult's beliefs and behavior. For example, when someone who doesn't agree with everything Hubbard said (making them a "suppressive person") the cult viciously attacks them with the intent of destroying their life, livelihood and family. Hubbard instructs that the church must dig up the "sordid crimes" the SP committed, which Hubbard guarantees will always be found on an SP. However, in the same sentence, Hubbard also gives an instruction of what to do if NO crimes can be found on the SP. That spiritual guidance mandates that Scientologists "Find or Manufacture...." sordid crimes that can be used to "utterly ruin" their "enemies". Manufacture! In other words, lie.-- Scientologys primary and senior "Successful Action" is lying about Scientology's tech, its results, its scientific authenticity and the tens of millions of thrilled Clears & Operating Thetans who received all the supernatural and miraculous powers that Hubbard promised. It is helpful to recall that Scientology's lying began within the first 7 words ever published on the subject, wherein 57% of those words were lies! (Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health) -- Finally, one must credit the cult for devising this desperate lying scheme to somehow keep the hoax working. For, if Scientologists had not trained themselves to become pathologically compulsive liars, all they would be left with is devastating facts like the fact that 98% of all Scientologists "blow" when they discover that not only that the tech doesn't work, but additionally that by hoping and trying to make unworkable tech work on themselves, they actually allowed their own lives to be badly damaged if not destroyed. CONCLUSION: Reality is not Agreement. Reality is reality. Scientology is, by default, un-reality. Therefore, Scientology overwhelms, forces and coerces Scientologists with sufficient unreality (lies, propaganda, et al) that it literally forces them into delusional thinking and behavior. Scientology, noting this, immediately asks Scientologists to write Success Stories which it then publishes in Advance! magazine under the heading of "OT WINS". Scientologists thereafter attend mass propaganda events where they stand and wildly applaud these miraculous (but nonexistent) wins. If challenged about any of this, the Scientologist can do a gargantuan clay demo for you that depicts over 15 million people attaining mental health by applying the modern science of mental health. .