As already noted, a primary objective of Scientology is to enable individuals to achieve the state of Clear. This involves erasing all engrams and thus eliminating the "reactive mind." According to Scientology, becoming Clear restores and strengthens one's individuality and creativity, one's inherent goodness and decency. The accounts given in What is Scientology? (pp. 307-309) by persons who have attained the state of Clear are as effusive as the accounts given by evangelical Christians of the transformation of their lives as a result of an encounter with Christ. Scientologists claim that the state of Clear was not possible before the advent of Scientology:
The state of Clear has never existed before. No matter how able a being
may have been, no matter what powers he possessed, no matter his strengths,
the reactive mind was there, hidden and eventually dragging him down again.