One of my favorite essays by L. Ron Hubbard is titled “Personal Integrity,” and it was this one aspect of the religious beliefs that first endeared me to this religion and made Scientology so friendly and welcoming to my own temperament and personal belief system when I first encountered the subject.
The entire premise of personal integrity is summed up by Mr. Hubbard in the first paragraph of the essay: “What is true for you is what you have observed yourself. And when you lose that, you have lost everything.”
Imagine how that sounded to me after 14 years of being told what to think in my “formal education.” It was almost as if someone was telling me “I trust your judgment, why don’t you?”
I had to step back and look, and when I did I realized that when I did look for myself rather than accept what teachers, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, politicians, “authorities”… said I should see or believe and judged based on my own observation, I was usually right. And even when I was wrong, I could at least say, “Well, that’s what I decided.” And not have to use some lame excuse of “well they told me….”
It was many years ago that I realized I could and should and had to look for myself. It was a turning point in my life. And I must say my life has been going a whole lot better ever since.