Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 Discussion Challenge - My One Interaction With Scientology

@NicoleMHewitt @ShannonMiz #LetsDiscuss2015 

I figured I would start of the month on a religious note. This is not a bashing of Scientology. I don't know much about it to bash it. And I don't bash people religious beliefs whatever they may be. That's not how I roll. 

I used to live in the Boston, MA area. One day I was walking from downtown. On my way to Kenmore Square I saw a sign for free personality test. It one of those flip open signs like those restaurants use to list the day specials or something like that. At the time I was very much into personality and IQ tests. So I walked around back and inside a door. Side note, I grew up in a pretty urban area so this was so naive to just walk into a place by myself without knowing what it was. Once inside a guy sat down with me and asked me questions from this personality test. The results said that I was depressed and angry. LOL. Funny thing is, the results were right. I have gone through some things in my childhood and was going through some things at that time.

Here's where they lost me. He said we can help you with that. I say okay. We got up and walked over to a table that had some books on it. He said that I need to read 3 books. I'm still nodding. Reading 3 books is not so bad. Then he said I had to pay for the books. Chile bye. I said I didn't have any money on me and left. The truth was I didn't have any money on me but even if I did I wasn't going to give to him. I'm cheap as f*@k.

 At the time, I didn't even know what Scientology was. I had never even heard of it. I didn't even know it was a religion. Like I said above, I wasn't paying attention so I  the Church of Scientology sign. Which by the way wasn't that big otherwise I would have seen it. The place I went to is on a street that has mostly residential brownstones. So it doesn't actually stand out. At any rate, I had tunnel vision and only saw personality test. 

From the little I have heard about it since, you have to pay to be in the religion so they never had a chance with me anyway. I don't, won't, and wouldn't pay to attend service for any religion. For those of you who say the offering plate is like paying for services. One, I don't go to church often. Two, when I do go, I don't always put money in offering basket. :-O Scandalous! Hey it is what it is.

Anyway, that it. My one brief interaction with Scientology. If you are wondering what my religion is, I am a cultural Catholic. That's a topic for another post. Later y'all!

 What to Join? Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • The 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2015.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • You DO NOT have to have a book blog to join this challenge. If you don’t have a book blog, you may link up to discussions that you’ve started on Goodreads groups.
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is.
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • Every month, we’ll update this 2015 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky – so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related – no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2015 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up  on both blogs for that month’s links.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2015 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments on hosts Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight blogs!

 The Levels:

1-12 – Discussion Dabbler
13-24 – Creative Conversationalist
25-36 – Chatty Kathy
37-48 – Terrifically Talkative
49+ – Gift of the Gab
Well, obviously, I am late to this one. I am aiming at 1 discussion post a week. More if I can manage it. I update this once I figure out my discussions. 

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  1. Thanks for reading it & taking the time to comment!

  2. Hmmm ... very interesting. When I was in high school, I had a good friend who was a Scientologist, but I didn't actually know much about it except that she couldn't date until she was sixteen and she had to someday marry a Scientologist. It wasn't until years later that I learned more about it and realized that there was a lot more to it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. I didn't know about the marriage thing but it make sense especially now that more people who have left Scientology talk about it.