Aug 22, 2005

Randomness: Dianetics

Sometimes I read more than one book at a time. Ok, I often read a lot of books at the same time. I can't help myself. I love to read. Typically, there's a sort of "method" to my reading "madness." There'll be one fiction book for purely leisure purposes. There'll be one non-fiction book (a bio or memoir) because I find people fascinating and I like to take a peek into someone else's life for awhile, gain new perspectives. Then there'll be one (or more) research books for whatever project I'm working on, be it a text book on math for a script about a mathematician or an archaeological book on Ancient Egypt for a novel with a dream sequence there (y'know, whatever). Could even be a manual thrust in there if I have to learn a new software application. Then there is, without a doubt, a book on religion, philosophy, or both. I'll hop from book to book depending on a variety of circumstances. If a script gets put onto a back burner, I'll switch to, say, a memoir. If real life gets too daunting, I'll switch to fiction for release. If fiction fails me and I'm feeling a little off, I'll pick up a book on religion... I've read up on countless religions. Years ago I read the Book of Mormon. I've also read both the Old and New Testament (albeit for college). I've read several books from a class someone else took in Buddhism. And I've read, at length, various books on what we now call Pagan religions or mythology. I've yet to read either the Koran (Qur'an) or the Torah (and subsequently the Kabbalah), though I'd like to. However, I did decide to delve into the seemingly strange world of Scientology via Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, mainly because the memoir I'm currently reading is kind of lacking in some way... So, yeah, I have only read the very beginning of Dianetics and, well, I hate to say it, but it really makes sense to me. I mean, who knows, perhaps halfway through I'll think otherwise, but in the meantime, people, Dianetics... Makes sense... Hold me.
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