Yet another digression from the magine/PJ issue, but something I feel you guys would probably appreciate:
Someone on the Unknown Armies RPG e-mail list mentioned this Space Opera in Scientology thing and I fond it particularly fascinating.
I mean, I knew about Xemu and the whole blowing up bodies around volcanos thing, but it’s so much more than that. The Scientology history of the universe is like some sort of surreal and epic myth with crazy new stuff happening all the time. I couldn’t tear my eyes away (probably some form of past life alien implants causing that reaction).
It seems to have a little something from every area of modern human culture from articles of daily life to various religious. And do you taste a hint of gnosticism in there?
Alot of Hubbard’s stuff in this history is just sort of random or absurd, but there are a few touches here and there are really pretty cool. I especially like the fact that members of Sea Org sign a contract to work for a billion years. And you just can’t beat the Sea Org slogan:
“We Come Back.”
It just reeks of purpose, dedication and inevitability.