by Lana M.
Ethics is a personal thing. It is the choices that a person makes in day to day life which influence their survival or hinder it.
There are no absolutes, and the gradient scale of right and wrong are something that every person on this planet has to personally weigh up, when going about life.
Should I pay for this item, or quietly walk out with it in my pocket?
Should I keep my vows with my spouse, or have some fun on the town without him/her knowing?
Should I gamble with my salary, invest, create a savings account, or stash the money under my mattress?
Should I work — and where — and what role of responsibility will I take for my place of work in seeing to their ongoing survival?
When I screw up or make a mistake, should I be honest and own up, or try to cover it up so no one finds out?
So many questions, and only you can make the choices and decisions.
I have met many people in recent years who I care for deeply. Really good friends and people I will go out of my way to assist and help. I open my house up to people and routinely have people living here for days, weeks or even months.
I love being able to help a person along and get them flying — but every once in a while I run into a person who despite the best of intentions, simply continues on a down-ward spiral. There are problems, there is a woven mess of personal, marital and organizational issues that seem impossible to unravel. And as we get one sorted out — another pops up as unresolving.
And in each case where an individual in this situation has shown up, there has been an underlying ethics situation that is continuing in present time and prevents any change.
I don’t use this as a label or way of outcasting a person — but a simple acknowledgement that the person is making decisions in their life that are not improving survival for them. They are involved in things that are actually dishonest, illegal, unfair or out-exchange — not because I say so, but because they KNOW so and have not been willing to look or admit to it. There is a continued push pull of wanting to achieve things, but then pulling themselves back so they do not continue to cause harm.
And until they sit back and look at, and take responsibility for what they are doing with their own hands, there is no moving forward on the Bridge. It is not that I, or another auditor closes the gates — but because THEY stop themselves from making gains. Actively.
We could not push them up The Bridge or audit them regardless of their scene, as the tech won’t go in, they won’t make the gains, and they are not honestly in session as they are too busy trying to withhold or not be discovered.
When I worked in the Sea Org I had a theoretical view of Ethics, and would apply it to a fair degree in a rote manner, but my own capacity to confront and direct another person has come way up since that time. Recently I have had a several criminal-types who have ended up at my door, and no matter how much help is offered them, until they actually confront and take responsibility for what THEY are doing (not what has been done to them), there is simply no change, no movement on the Bridge and continued unhappiness.
This has brought home to me the importance of a field auditor and group having strong Ethics lines. Writing a report on a person and sending it to them and to their file is a simple basic ethics gradient that has to be used. Calling an Ethics Hearing when a person blows. Getting a PTS Rundown standardly completed, or a thorough confessional. Pulling the withholds becomes vital, and the use of conditions formulas give a person the way to pull themselves up by their own boot straps.
I care for people and it unfortunately worries me when I see a person unhappy, caught up in personal messes and seemingly unable to resolve them.
The truth is however that I cannot get another person to make the survival choices in their life. I cannot (and never will) try to force a reality on another person “for their own good”. Ethics only works as a personal thing. It requires the person themselves sitting back, recognizing that the only way things will improve is by them taking responsibility for what they have done and are doing, and then CHANGING those things.
Another person cannot do it for them.
Only they can.
And though it may not be a pleasant personal journey, the person themselves realises that the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train, but is actually the way out. And life improves. And things go well.
I extend my hand to persons who are in such circumstances. I will help people who want to lead an honest life (not honest in my view, but honest in theirs).
“DISHONESTY CAN PREVENT CASE GAIN.
“Case gain depends entirely upon the person’s ability to view the truth of something in order to bring about an as-isness. (Ref: The Axioms of Scientology, Booklet: Axioms and Logics)
“This ability is gained or regained on a gradient scale. The Grade Chart is designed to assist one to view gradiently larger areas of truth at each level. As one progresses up the Chart his ability to view the truth of things improves and expands. The accumulated masses and burdens and problems and falsities of a lifetime or lifetimes are dissolved and vanished, leaving the being free and clean and in control of his life and environment.
“But to receive help as a pc or pre-OT, one has to be honest with his auditor.
“Dishonest people have withholds, and withholds stack up mass and bring about stupidity. They cut the person’s reach and his ability to perceive. They hold in place the masses that imprison and pin the being at the level of Homo sapiens-and a miserable Homo sapiens, at that! Who is such a person really fooling?
“Thus, one can bar his own way up the Bridge by dishonesty.
“I always feel a bit sad when I see somebody doing himself in this way. It is so pointless.
“One sees this in those who, for whatever irrational reason, cling knowingly to withholds and wind up critical, nattery and generating hostility. If one finds himself feeling hounded or persecuted, he should ask himself what his condition is on the first dynamic instead of going around persuading others to do him in.
“How precious, after all, are one’s dishonesties, withholds and falsities in the face of the real freedom there is to be gained?
“One CAN be honest. He will find it a happier, more comfortable existence when he is.
“And more important-he’ll find the route to stable case gain is now open to him.
“HONESTY OPENS THE DOOR TO CASE GAIN.
“That is the route to sanity. It is the route up the Bridge to OT and real freedom. With honesty, one can make it and make it all the way!
“Why settle for anything less?”
LRH, HCOB 1 MAY 1985, C/S Series 120, HONESTY AND CASE GAIN