Stephen Blows: The True Worth of an Individual is How Much He Can Help

What is important to Scientologist Stephen Blows is to help the people of his beloved Cape Town, South Africa. His video is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at

Stephen Blows became a Scientologist when he realized Scientology would enable him to fulfill his purpose—to help others.

In his video on, Blows, 39, describes his most basic belief.

“I discovered early for myself that I am actually here for everyone else,” he says. “It is the true sign of the worth of an individual—how much can he help his fellow man and his community?”

A tutor and computer programmer, born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, everything in Blows’ life was going fairly well when he first looked into Scientology 10 years ago.

“I was doing fine and so was my family,” he says, “but there was a certain limit or cap to my well-being. All around me I could see people suffering, and my own happiness depends on theirs. The question became—how do I reach out and extend a positive influence in the community around me.”

He first encountered Scientology at the local public library in 2001.

“I had been searching for answers for a long time,” he says. “Two books in the library gave me hope that perhaps I had found some answers. They were Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health and the Scientology Handbook. I found the address of the Church of Scientology of Cape Town and enrolled on the Dianetics Seminar.”

L. Ron Hubbard likens the mind to a computer, and with Blows’ own background in computer science, the Dianetics book and seminar were the first explanations that ever made sense to him, bringing some understanding into the confusion called “human behavior.” And because he realized this is technology that would help him accomplish his purpose, Blows soon joined staff at the Church of Scientology of Cape Town.

Not too long afterwards, Blows realized the real significance of the Church of Scientology and his role in it. He was sent to the spiritual headquarters of the Scientology religion in Clearwater, Florida, to train as a Scientology course supervisor.

“One day on course it hit me,” he says. “I suddenly saw that every other student in the class room—staff from Scientology Churches and Missions all over the world—shared the same purpose. Every one of them was here to learn to help others. Like me, each of them knew that this was the most important thing they could do with their lives. It was then, with that realization, that I became a Scientologist.”

If anything, that conviction and sense of purpose is stronger now that it was that day.

“Cape Town is a very beautiful place with wonderful people who need help to become happier and live better, more prosperous lives,” says Blows. “Scientology is the perfect means of accomplishing this. I have a burning desire to do so much more for the people of my country.”

The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at now total 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.

A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.