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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Friday, February 22, 2013

Scientology and its problems

Mentions Irving when he was called a "Squirrel" and declared Suppressive and Fair Game by Scientology in 1968.
He had utilized some Dianetics techniques with interest, seeing them as extensions of Freudian thought and Eastern religion; but following a series of aggressive moves against him (in his opinion and mine) in the mid-1960s, Irving decided never to have anything to do with "the Org" again. He also sued them for slander and libel for a number of statements they had made about him publicly.
He won a settlement in the case-- I believe the first person ever to do so.

It's a long story.   I always thought Dianetics sort of stupid, though a pleasaant enough game to play with ones parents when little "remember -- or imagine, as we usually said--a time when the sun was high in the sky,,,"   I didn't believe we had once been clams.
Even at age 4 or so, that was beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.

Irv also came to view the cost of Scientology processing as insanely expensive and a con game of the worst order. He felt that anyone could and ought to be able to use these ancient (plagiarized from Buddhism and other sources) techniques for free. 

PS -- I suppose I fall into the following  category--
"Anyone who has PT or recent connections with any of these people is under suspicion and the information regarding the person should be forwarded to Internal Security Bureau 4."
I think that Scientology has kept a rather  bleary eye on me for years, and periodically sends someone here to try to gain access to Irving's private papers.

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