The Leftovers: It’s a Dessert Topping AND a Floor Wax!

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This week’s episode of The Leftovers on HBO went in a direction that was very close to home for me, and probably would be for a lot of people here.

Last Season, The Leftovers was a series which had a cult in it, but it wasn’t really about the cult until this week.

This week, The Leftovers became specifically about an Ex-Cult member who tries to bring down the cult she was part of which has destroyed her family, while writing a book and trying to make money, while finding meaning in life after the cult – and while trying to help others to recover from the cult when she herself has recovered from nothing.

Sound familiar? Does to me!

The Leftovers has always been a show which leaves out a lot of exposition and explanation, and lets you do your own interpretation for what you are seeing. You have to work a little harder to watch it, but the work pays off, fortunately, because the people who create The Leftovers know what they are doing.

I’ve read three reviews which tell us all what this show is really all about, and each of the reviews say it is about something different than the other two. And none of them agree with me – who has known what this show was about from the very beginning!

It’s a great show for anyone who understands the language of cinema.

And now it’s a great show for anyone who has been in a cult.

A little something for everyone, The Leftovers is a dessert topping AND a floor wax!

11 thoughts on “The Leftovers: It’s a Dessert Topping AND a Floor Wax!”

  1. Alonzo,

    That episode 3 really had some emotional swings. Just to think that some or many of those things actually occurred and are occurring in CoS.

    Watching that episode gave me more reality on why you fight so hard.


  2. Hi Alonzo

    You nailed it again today at Tony Ortega. People were very emotional about the “murder” of Lisa McPherson. You stated (abbr.) “From everything I have seen, I believe that L.M.’s death was not a murder but the inevitable result of 100% Standard Scn . . . .” “It’s highly probable that every single person . . . from David Miscavige on down, all wanted “the best” for L.M., knowing with absolute delusion that they were the experts on the human mind.”

    You later (satirically?) state the govt. should put a warning label on scn. Probably for now the best a govt. will do is what some countries have done in not recognizing scn as a church and even officially saying it’s just a profit making organization.

    Saying this gives me a bright idea. Believe it or not, I still have my “Minister’s Certificate” somewhere in the attic. I’ll bring it down and red letter it CANCELLED-APOSTATE and frame it. It might look good out in the garage.

    At any rate, without waiting for a govt. decree, I now personally decree by the Powers of AlonzosBlog that all persons leaving Scientology must immediately watch season Two of The Leftovers.


  3. Alonzo – First things first about the cert. I got it down and I’m figuring out the best way to “modify” it. Off the topic but I’m doing some Buddhism study. I hit Marty’s Buddha reference and landed at Aug 26, 2014. Your back and forth with iamvalkov is a hoot! I got as far as “For he knows not what he does . . .” and decided to come here and post. LOL!

  4. Seen one, ya seen em all. There were dozens of them. I would follow the “debates” and could tell when someone was thinking “Jeez-A-Christo. He/she will NEVER get it.” Sure enough, within 2 or 3 more posts someone would split. Great fun! You “intellectual types” sure did like getting into each other’s heads.  🙂

  5. Hello Alonzo – I’m using this thread as a bit of a chat room with you if that’s ok. I want to thank you again for helping me with scn deprogramming. I’m free of its effects as far as I can tell with just a bit of a lingering wish that someone may yet come up with an applied philosophy that works.

    Back at the “Cause and Effect” topic at Marty’s blog, Aug 23 (not 26 as stated above) 2014, you mentioned that you had been studying Buddhism. You said, paraphrasing, that you were evaluating what you would take from that study and not necessarily accept everything. For example, don’t eat meat and don’t drink alcohol. You also mentioned evaluating what you considered woo woo. I have no definition for that but I assume it’s something like mystical inside information.- lol I expect that any practice or religion will add bells and whistles to make it more appealing to the masses. Your viewpoint reminds me to not jump deeply into something without keeping a critical eye.

    I’m still reading and enjoying your topics. – Richard

    • Well I’m glad that someone is getting something out of this! 🙂

      There are parts of Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism (such as guru worship and prostrating yourself and assuming the “beingness” of deities) which seem like cultural trappings that have nothing to do with spiritual progress to me. These “woo woo” things are littered in among some of the most enlightened and intriguing teachings I have ever seen any where.

      Maybe at some point I will suddenly see the wisdom of all of it and jump in fully and start dressing and talking like the Dalai Lama.

      I paticularly like their big hats

      But I doubt it.

      I remember telling a friend a few years ago, “God Dammit! I’m getting interested in another wierd and embarrassing religion again!”

      So yeah. I’m a cafeteria Buddhist. For sure.


  6. Zen Buddhism might be fun. I like Zen puzzles. With that said, I’ll get something out of my head and “onto paper”. (Uh-oh he thinks)

    Years ago I had two experiences which were not scn related, just random experiences. One was “What is isn’t, and what isn’t is.” The feeling or experience of that was – why ponder reality – it doesn’t matter. Pondering reality as to how universes are created etc. is ok IMO as a scientific topic. Other than that, why bother?

    Another one was “Everything is already alright, already.” (timelessness) Eg. A cosmic ray burst hits the earth. Myself and the earth are gone. OH WELL.  lol

    So now it’s on paper and once again AlonzosBlog provides a valuable dumping ground for idle thoughts. 🙂



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