By Milestone Two crew.
One of the most basic principles of Scientology has been lost by the general Scientology community for many years.
What happened to compassion? What happened to love for our fellow man? What happened to common decency and caring?
Unfortunately, many Scientologists today are harsh, mean, uncaring individuals.
They will abandon family members, disown their friends, flip on those they love — all with the view that they are somehow applying the group mores and being “ethical”.
But their actions are not reflected anywhere in The Code of Honor, nor what is expected or wanted of a Scientologist based on LRH policy and tech.
It is one of those paradoxes —- people acting and behaving in a way that they are convinced is correct — but their action are not supported by or reflected in LRH philosophy, policy or technology. And trying to get them see this is as hard as it is to get them to duplicate and apply the actual LRH references on ARC.
The good news is that in the last several years a true community is growing in the field where people DO care for their fellow man. Where people DO help each other. And where the Code of Honor is applied, individual to individual.
We are putting the LRH back into Scientology — and that starts with ARC, understanding, love, compassion, caring and help. Helping a friend to get work. Supporting others while they gain their feet. Providing auditing and training. Helping to network people. Listening when someone needs to talk.
That was what brought many of us to Scientology in the first place — and it is the vital foundation that has to be recreated by us, to keep Scientology working.
Rereading the below puts it all in perspective, so we wanted to share.
“Scientology is itself the microcosm of a civilization. It contains two moral codes: One is the moral code of practice which is the Auditor’s Code of 1954; the other is the Code of a Scientologist, which will be given at greater length in the next PAB. It also contains an ethical code, and that is its Code of Honor.
The difference between ethics and morals is very clearly known in Scientology, if they are not in a modern dictionary. This mergence of morals and ethics has occurred in recent times, and is symptomatic of a general decline. An ethic is practiced on an entirely self-determined basis. An ethical code is not enforceable, is not to be enforced, but is a luxury of conduct. A person conducts himself according to an ethical code because he wants to or because he feels he is proud enough or decent enough or civilized enough to so conduct himself. An ethical code, of course, is a code of certain restrictions indulged in to better the manner of conduct of life. If one Scientologist started to punish or berate some other Scientologist and called for an enforcement on the grounds that the Code of Honor had been disregarded, the punitive act itself would involve and violate the Code of Honor. The Code of Honor is a Code of Honor as long as it is not enforced. If a person is big enough or strong enough or sane enough, then he can indulge himself in the luxury of holding upon himself freely and of his own decision the Code of Honor. When such an ethical code begins to be enforced, it becomes then a moral code.
A moral code is enforceable. Mores are those things which make a society possible. They are the heavily agreed-upon, policed codes of conduct of the society. If an auditor were to flagrantly and continually violate the Auditor’s Code or the Code of a Scientologist, then other auditors would have a perfect right to demand, and through the HASI effect, the suspension or revocation of certificates or memberships, or both. However, no such action is possible with the Code of Honor. A person could continually and flagrantly flaunt the Code of Honor and experience no more than perhaps the slight contempt or pity of his fellows.
The Code of Honor clearly states conditions of acceptable comradeship amongst those fighting on one side against something which they conceive should be remedied. While anyone practicing “the only one” believes that it is possible to have a fight or contest only so long as one remains “the only one” and confronts as that single identity all of existence, it is not very workable to live without friends or comrades in arms. Amongst those friends and comrades in arms one’s acceptability and measure is established fairly well by his adherence to such a thing as the Code of Honor. Anyone practicing the Code of Honor would maintain a good opinion of his fellows, a much more important thing than having one’s fellows maintain a good opinion of one.
If you believed man was worthy enough to be granted by you sufficient stature so as to permit you to exercise gladly the Code of Honor, I can guarantee that you would be a happy person. And if you found an occasional miscreant falling away from the best standards you have developed, you yet did not turn away from the rest of man, and if you discovered yourself betrayed by those you were seeking to defend and yet did not then experience a complete reversal of opinion about all your fellow men, there would be no dwindling spiral for you.
Indicative of this is a process which is rather easy to work and which has some workability. Sit down in a public place where many people are passing by and simply postulate into them, above them, around them, perfection-no matter what you see. Do this person after person as they walk by you or around you, doing it quietly and to yourself. It may or may not occur that you would bring changes in their lives, but it would certainly occur that you would bring about a change in yourself. This is not an advised process-it is simply a demonstration of a fact that he who lives believing wrong of all his fellow men lives, himself, in hell. The only difference between paradise on Earth and hell on Earth is whether or not you believe your fellow man worthy of receiving from you the friendship and devotion called for in this Code of Honor.
1. Never desert a comrade in need, in danger or in trouble.
2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted.
3. Never desert a group to which you owe your support.
4. Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
5. Never need praise, approval or sympathy.
6. Never compromise with your own reality.
7. Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.
8. Do not give or receive communication unless you yourself desire it.
9. Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than your immediate life.
10. Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.
11. Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.
12. Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
13. Don’t desire to be liked or admired.
14. Be your own adviser, keep your own counsel and select your own decisions.
15. Be true to your own goals.
( L. RON HUBBARD The Code of Honour, 26 November 1954)