Week 7_Memory and Consciousness by Dalton Abbott

I’d like to preface my argument by saying that I am a very tolerant person. I’m completely accepting of any religions, approaches toward life, and schools of thought. However, I must say, that although my I can understand the basis for many of the claims of Scientologists, I’m not more completely opposed to any single school of thought than I am to Scientology. Though I can understand many aspects of the religion, even the presence of the all powerful

I find the fact that Scientologists such as Cruise broadcast certain facets of the religion that serve virtually no purpose rather than to belittle and discriminate. I know this may sound like a cliche reaction, but I assure you my point in using this example is valid. My mother is an extremely intelligent, strong-willed person. In her lifetime, she’s managed to combat and overcome a multitude of obstacles, including alcoholism and drug addiction. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was in her twenties, and although she always assumes complete and total responsibility for her past actions, as one should, the impact of this disorder on her life is immeasurable. I grew up seeing two distinct personalities within my mother, each appearing and eventually retreating, giving way to a seemingly different self. She refused medication for over twenty years, subscribing to the same philosophy that many do, which suggests that willpower and discipline can overcome supposed mental deficiencies or imbalances. Eventually she gave in, and spent 5 years trying out a variety of anti-depressants. Eventually, she found one that worked for her and has continued to use it to this day. I’m not attempting to simply provide a story of my mother’s rise to mental stability, but rather show the difference that successfully handling her disorder has made in her life. Her incredibly difficult, unpredictable, and essentially unmanageable personality ruined her relationship with my father and most of her surrounding family. She has been on her current medication for the last ten years or so, and everything in her life has returned to a more normal, natural state, from her relationships with her family to her career to her overall attitude toward life in general.

I’ve had the displeasure of meeting Tom Cruise on a few different occasions, and to say that he lacks authenticity is a complete understatement. His entire demeanor, at least from my experience, is painfully forced and I think that my experiences with him may have caused me to develop a slight dislike for Cruise even before hearing the message he is trying to send. That may contribute to my frustration with him conveying his beliefs to a public audience, but it does by no means affect my feeling about the message he’s trying to send. I still find it difficult to believe that certain people have the audacity, having no knowledge whatsoever of specific cases, to assume that medication isn’t required for a massive range of medical conditions. I’m not suggesting that certain ailments and conditions can be combated without the use of a certain medication, but one of the many concepts discussed in DESMA is the absolute complexity of the human genetic system, for one to state that there are no potential conditions or specific cases that require something other than sunlight, a positive outlook, and a large amount of willpower is completely ignorant. I understand that I may view this situation in a biased light, but it by no means changes my outlook regarding the teachings of Scientology. I greatly enjoyed the lectures from last week, because a lot of it covered exciting information that I’ve researched extensively on my own time. DESMA has led me to appreciate the the complexity of the human mind, not only through learning about the incredible ways in which art and technology are intertwined, but also through an excess of information on the adaptive, responsive nature of the mind. Through the information I’ve learned, I’ve come to the conclusion that the use of medication is a highly personal decision, as each person, and more importantly each mind, is highly unique.
- Dalton Abbott

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