> In the episode, church members, local religious leaders, and a representative for the Nation of Islam (!!!) talked about the neighborhood's problems with drugs, gang violence, and unemployment.
Scientology reps explained that they'd chosen that specific location for their community center because it's just a few blocks from where the LA riots started, and they wanted to help the community heal. (The LA riots were in 1992, the Inglewood Scientology centers opened in 2011.)
But then the claims got grander and vaguer, in a sequence I didn't really understand. First a Scientologist talked about Bloods and Crips in Inglewood. Then they showed some kind of Scientology community outreach program that had something to do with telling kids gangs are bad. Then there was an explanation of Mike Brown and the Ferguson protests, with shots of rioting, and a lady saying "It could have gone national." Then the Nation of Islam guy explained that there'd been some kind of gang summit at the Scientology center, which led to lots of LA's gangs agreeing that killing each other is bad. Then the same guy explained that because LA is a trendsetting city, gangs in other cities started calling him, asking for him to do similar events in their cities. I'm fairly sure the implication was that Scientology is the reason that the rioting that happened in Ferguson didn't spread nationwide? But I'm also just confused.
> There was a section about Hubbard being appalled that universities and religious institutions don't give out their information freely. "I have never seen wisdom do any good kept to oneself," said Hubbard. Which is an odd position to take when you're famous for founding an organization that allegedly forces its adherents to pay thousands and thousands of dollars in exchange for information.
> Eventually, despite the new programming, I started to get sleepy. I spent the final hours of my experiment drifting in and out of sleep on my couch.
I woke up to see a skateboarder rubbing his injured leg against a rail while a voiceover talked about the importance of confronting pain. I woke up to a scene of a woman having an acid flashback during a board meeting. I woke up to people acting out the definition of the word communication" I woke up to a woman saying, "He said he'd love me forever if I smoked crack with him—he lied."
There are things I remember and I'm unsure if they actually happened, or if I dreamed them. There's a line in my notes that I don't remember writing that says: "shot of a fat person accidentally burning down a business."
When I got into bed at the end of my 24 hours, I had my first nightmare in a long time. An apocalyptic black cloud had enveloped my neighborhood, trapping me inside my house. Then I discovered a man had broken in and started putting up advertising posters in my living room. I noticed a cop outside, and called for help. But when he came inside my house, he started sticking up posters too.
I'm not sure if Scientology inspired it, but it felt poignant.