Another thought-provoking essay from Brian Lambert.
INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTOLOGY ETHICS: L. RON HUBBARD’S ROAD TO SUICIDE
“We are not moralists”
“I am not interested in wog morality”
L. Ron Hubbard
(Remember these quotes when reading the dictionary definitions of ethics below)
It’s possible, through this essay, that dictionaries may be considered, by the Scientologist, a suppressive source of anti-religious bigotry. These definitions prove that Hubbard altered the meaning of the word ethics.
Hubbard changed the “meaning and melodies” of the word ethics, and by so doing he distorted the Scientologist’s ability to tell the difference between decency and indecency, right and wrong, good and evil, the real and the unreal. Hubbard’s redefinition of ethics made it possible for the GO/OSA type Scientologist to consider he or she is ethical by destroying and harming people for the greatest good.
Proof of Hubbard’s redefining the word Ethics
There is a definite way of knowing that L. Ron Hubbard altered the definition of the word ethics and injected his own misunderstoods, conscious manipulation or moral depravity; or all of it, into the minds of Scientologists.
What I want to focus on is what Hubbard has alarmingly left out in his definition of ethics.What is missing in his definition of ethics is a window into the self-absorbed nature of L Ron Hubbard.
So let’s learn about ethics from the most sacred texts of the Scientologist’s source of understanding: the dictionary (My brackets used in definitions for emphasis)
These are the definitions of the word ethics:
From the Oxford dictionary:
1- [Moral] principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity – ‘a code of ethics’
2- The [moral] correctness of specified conduct.
3- The branch of knowledge that deals with [moral] principles.
From American Heritage dictionary
1-a. A set of principles of right conduct.
b. A theory or a system of [moral] values
2-The study of the general nature of [morals] and of the specific [moral] choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.
1- a system of [moral] principles.
2- [moral] principles, as of an individual
From Merriam Webster
1- the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with [moral] duty and obligation
2- a set of [moral] principles : a theory or system of [moral] values the present-day materialistic ethic an old-fashioned work ethic
3- a consciousness of [moral] importance forge a conservation ethic
4- a set of [moral] issues or aspects (such as rightness)
From Cambridge Dictionary
1- the study of what is [morally] right and wrong, or a set of beliefs about what is [morally] right and wrong
From Google Wikipedia
1- Ethics or [moral] philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.
2- Ethics seems to resolve questions of human [morality] by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. As a field of intellectual inquiry, [moral] philosophy also is related to the fields of moral psychology.
And now for the commodore definitions
Introduction to Scientology Ethics
Ethics is reason and contemplation of optimum survival.
Scientology Tech Dictionary
ETHICAL CONDUCT, conduct out of one’s own sense of justice and honesty. When you enforce a moral code upon people you depart considerably from anything like e t h i c s . People obey a moral code because they are afraid. People are ethical only when they are strong. (Dn 55!, p. 25)
ETHICS, 1. the term is used to denote ethics as a subject, or the use of ethics, or that section of a Scientology Church which handles ethics matters. (BTB 12 Apr 72R) 2. ethics actually consist, as we can define them now in Dn, of rationality toward the highest level of survival for the individual, the future race, the group, and mankind, and the other dynamics taken collectively. Ethics are reason. The highest ethic level would be long-term survival concepts with minimal destruction, along any of the dynamics. (SOS, p. 128) 3 . ethicB has to do with a code of agreement amongst people that they will conduct themselves in a fashion which will obtain to the optimum solution of their problems. (5008C30) 4 . the rules or standards governing the conduct of the members of a profession. (HCO PL 3 May 72) 5 . ethics is a personal thing. By definition, the word means “the study of the general nature of morals and the specific moral choices to be made by the individual in his relationship with others.” (AND) When one is ethical or “has his ethics in” it is by his own determination and is done by himself. (HCOB 15 Nov 72 II) 6 . that which is enforced by oneself, his belief in his own honor, and good reason, and optimum solution along the eight dynamics. (PDC 37)
In all non Scientology dictionaries the word moral is predominant in the definitions. In Hubbard’s definition morality is a subject, an afterthought to Scientology ethics and something to be afraid of and controlled by.
Never, in any real world dictionaries, is the word ethics defined as a personal choice, determined by one’s own sense of right and wrong.
“Reason and contemplation of optimum survival” is not a moral choice. It’s vague and morally meaningless. It does not consider good or bad, moral or immoral. Never in any real world dictionary is “only those who are strong” a prerequisite for ethics. Hitler, Stalin and Mao were strong. What the hell does power have to do with ethics?
Decency and honesty are the requirements for ethics, not strength or power!
“Reason and contemplation of optimum survival” is not a moral choice. It’s completely vague and morally meaningless. Hitler, Stalin and Mao all applied “reason and contemplation of optimum survival.” Hubbard’s definition does not consider good or bad, moral or immoral and thus does not regulate behavior. And just look at how Scientology behaves!
“We are not moralists”
“I am not interested in wog morality” L. Ron Hubbard
For Hubbard, optimum survival was destroying enemies, making money and satisfying his narcissism. And last but not least: convincing us to help him fulfill those Hubbard survival goals.
It’s also true that Hubbard deranged the definition of the word ethics to mean a series of production formulas: the ethics conditions. A system of reward and punishment that can easily function as a concentration camp style mind control.
He destroyed the real meaning of ethics by redefining it to mean being a cog in the Scientology production machine.
Scientologists are considered to be “in ethics” or “ethical” by advancing in Scientology. They can be child molesters, get money by “unethical” means and still be considered “in ethics” if they give money to Scientology.
Danny Masterson comes to mind.
Let’s take a look at the first entry definition of Ethical Conduct in the tech dictionary above:
ETHICAL CONDUCT, conduct out of one’s own sense of justice and honesty. When you enforce a moral code upon people you depart considerably from anything like e t h i c s . People obey a moral code because they are afraid.
What Hubbard is revealing about himself here is so instructive in light of the real definition of ethics in all of these real world dictionaries.
Hubbard had no standard, outside of himself, that he judged his behavior by. It’s actually the mindset of a child who just wants what they want and DON’T GET IN MY WAY!
In all societal schools of thought, whether they be religious, spiritual or secular, there are common standards of decency, that all decent honest human beings ascribe to, and govern our lives thereby.
Hubbard’s “conduct out of one’s own sense of justice and honesty” is the definitional equivalent of Aliester Crowley’s “do as thou wilt is the whole of the law”.
This definitional rape of the word ethics is possibly one of the major mind distortions of the Scientologist, and a doctrinal source of their bad behavior. How could it not be? Morality is all about regulating behavior to be good.
Hubbard was immoral. He states it himself in these two quotes. He threw a definitional wrench into the cognitive faculties of his disciples. And that’s why they can break up families, go through people’s garbage, ruin utterly, use the legal system to destroy people, pistol whip your wife, betray all of your relations, abuse children, protect rapers and pedophiles and make slaves.
And consider themselves ethical while doing it.
Hubbard’s redefinition of ethics has caused a major distortion in people’s behavior.
Morality and ethics is all about following common standards of decency like:
- keeping one’s word
- self regulation
- self sacrifice
Hubbard failed at all of the above. This man has no right to define ethics. He raped the definition. And just look at the behavior of the “church” of Scientology – “the most ethical group on the planet.”
They think they are “in ethics”. That is proof of Hubbard’s power to control through the redefinition of key human behavioral words.
Ethics is an extremely powerful word that represents our higher nature as human beings, separating us from lower forms of life. It represents self regulation governed by common standards of decency. Ethics is not based only on one’s own sense of good and evil, right and wrong.
For Hubbard, the manipulation of language was an evil art form. I think he knew what he was doing. This man was not a good influence.
And in the end, Hubbard’s version of ethics led him to attempt suicide by electroshock.
This man needs to continually be dethroned from his hypno-marketed messiahship and his thug organization needs to be destroyed by the truth of its true underlying moral depravity.
Study the words of L Ron Hubbard at great risk to your true spiritual and human nature. His rape of the definitions of sympathy, grief, accountability and ethics can be some of the doctrinal sources of the deviant Scientology personality.
Ethics is knowing the difference, wisely, between good and evil. Ethics is not living out of one’s own sense of justice and honesty.
Hey Dead L Ron, how’d that honesty bit work out for ya?
I think all recently out Scientologists should get some dictionaries and relearn the actual definition of the ethics.