Is this site “entheta”?
A friend of mine, Tech Sec at a local Org, was recently at an event, and the speaker was giving the usual litany of expansion wins. In the midst of this list, he stated that my friend’s Org was “beyond capacity” in their Academy courseroom. Great news. The only problem? It wasn’t true. In fact, their Academy was well under capacity, and the stats were down. My friend exchanged a shocked glance with a fellow tech staff member. But they kept their mouths shut. To point out the lie would have been “entheta.” My friend left the event.
This started me thinking about the relationship of “theta” and “entheta” to truth and lies. Entheta, of course, is “enturbulated theta,” and enturbulate, according to my Ethics book, means “agitation or disturbance, commotion and upset.” Theta is characterized by such things as “serenity, stability, happiness, cheerful emotion.”
In my friend’s case, the news that her org had maxed out their Academy attendance was “theta.” It would make people feel happy and cheerful. But it was a lie. And if someone had stood up and said, “that’s not true, Academy attendance is down,” it would have been “entheta.” They would have gotten a trip to the Ethics Officer. Even though it was true.
So which do you want? Would you rather have news that makes you happy and cheerful, or would you rather know the truth.
It was my own decision to search out the truth that led me to begin exploring the internet. The truth might be upsetting, it might shake my world view, it might make me agitated and disturbed, but, damn it, I wanted to know the truth.
But how do you sort out truth from lies on the internet – or anywhere else? The Church doesn’t trust you to read such information yourself and form your own opinions. They tell you never to Google search the term Scientology as you will run into entheta.
But think about it. Many of us are OTs. Some of us are Data Series trained. We are all aware, intelligent people. Why couldn’t we be trusted to read any information and sort out for ourselves what is true and what is not. Is our certainty so tenuous that it will wither before any criticism or challenge? Are our cases so fragile that they cannot stand up to whatever information we might find?
But the Church doesn’t trust us to make our own investigation and come to our own conclusions.
Are they afraid that we’ll come into contact with entheta? Or are they worried that we’ll find some truths?
Your journey is your journey. You must ask your own questions and find your own answers.
But ask yourself, “do I want theta, or do I want truth?”