Tom Cruise is getting on my nerves. His criticism of Brooke Shields is irresponsible, because unlike your blogger, there are some people who do listen to what the idiot has to say. Tom Cruise may contribute to actual harm to another person, if that person is foolish enough to be swayed by Cruise's "arguments" against psychiatry.
Let's review the facts. Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. Scientology is a psuedo-religion, or perhaps more of a cult, which was started by a second rate science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard.
Scientology teaches that the universe exists because of spiritual energy, which in humans is called a Thetan. Humans have problems, diseases, and bad behaviors because Thetans are re-incarnated in different bodies, and over time accrue hurtful experiences. These hurtful experiences form bad "programs', called Engrams. If a person gets rid of his Engrams, he purifies his Thetan, and becomes happy, successfull, powerful, immortal. To get rid of your Engrams, you have to be audited by an Auditor. This is process where you are connected to a mysterious lie detector like device called an E-Meter, and asked probing questions. You are then given exercises (brain washing) to do to try to rid yourself of the Engrams.
All of this costs lots of money. If you reach the highest levels of Scientology, "Operating Thetan", you have the opportunity to learn the truth about the universe. Here it is, OT level III:
Data (1) (1)That's right folks. A space alien warlord named Xenu created us by "mass implanting" Thetans on earth. He also put some h-bombs in volcanos.
The head of the Galactic
Confederation (76 planets around
larger stars visible from here)
(founded 95,000,000 yrs ago, very space opera)
solved overpopulation (250 billion
or so per planet) -- 178 billion
average) by mass implanting.
He caused people to be brought to
Teegeeack (Earth) and put an H Bomb
on the principal volcanoes (Incident 2)
and then the Pacific area ones
were taken in boxes to Hawaii
and the Atlantic Area ones to
Las Palmas and there "packaged."
His name was Xenu. He used
renegades. Various misleading
data by means of circuits etc.
were placed in the implants.
When through with his crime Loyal Officers
(to the people) captured him
after 6 years of battle
and put him in an electronic
mountain trap where he still
is. "They" are gone. The place (Confed.)
has since been a desert.
In short, Scientology is a mishmash of ideas from Buddhism, science fiction, hypnotism, mind control, and L. Ron Hubbard's drug induced hallucinations. It has all the characteristics of a cult: secrecy, coded language, paranoia, expensive dues, ostricism of refusers.
Scientology claims to be scientific, but Hubbard's claims, and his E-meters have not tested, peer reviewed, and debated by scientists. There is no body of Scientology research. It is all invented by Hubbard. Hubbard goes so far as to call his writings "the Tech" (the technology), as if it is a hard scientific fact. It isn't.
Psychiatry, on the other hand, has been tested, peer reviewed, debated, and evolved over many years. Try as Cruise may, he cannot make the claim that psychiatric treatment does not work--because the science is there.
Nothing Tom Cruise says about psychiatry should be given any weight whatsoever.
For lots of information about Scientology, see www.clambake.org