Re: Questions about Scientology? I understand why you think my question was mocking. It was most definitely not, nor do I insist on my own interpretation or invalidation of your experiences. I was curious, that's all. I had quite similar experiences in another religion (from which I generalized the validity of that particular faith), and later on outside of it. I mentioned cognitive dissonance because reading about the Milgram experiments (and noticing many evident truths that contradicted my beliefs) led me to question my allegiance and to decide that "civil disobedience" was necessary in order to retain my integrity (in all senses of that word). I suppose this must be similar to what impels people out of the Church of Scientology and into the freezone or independent Scientology. I don't write off your experience; I don't share your beliefs, either. I think you have every right to them. I believe that it would for me create too much cognitive dissonance to disentangle Hubbard's teaching from the negative aspects of the Church of Scientology. But thank you for your response--it does give me more insight into why and how Scientologists believe, and that is what my questions were targeting.