Scientology Ethics – The Philosophy Responsible for the Growth of Scientology

Scientology Ethics – The Philosophy Responsible for the Growth of Scientology

Ethics is a very misunderstood subject. The word ethics comes from the Greek word, ethikos, meaning morals. Morals comes from the Latin word moralis, meaning to relate to manners or customs.

Being moral means to do what society states is correct, follow its customs, or agreed upon as right. But what is not moral in society yesterday might be more moral tomorrow. Morals change with social agreement. Laws are made to enforce morals. It is stated in the dictionary that ethics and morals are interchangeable, but these words do have a difference. Ethics has a higher meaning, of what is right and survival, not just what is socially agreed upon or acceptable.

Man has an innate knowing of what is right and wrong. Right can be seen as simply what is survival for man. For example, we usually agree it is not survival for married partners to have relationships outside the family unit. Observation shows that the unit quickly breaks down and breaks up under such circumstances. So, morally, such activities are frowned upon. Society may enforce these morals with laws, and punishments.

But what of more difficult and complex decisions of right and wrong? How about drug taking? Why is it that taking street drugs is morally wrong, and yet alcohol and medical drugs can be viewed as morally right? Is it right or wrong to give psychotropic drugs to children? Is it right or wrong to punish children, and under what age? Should children be asked or made to work at home? How can we make these decisions if someone has not written them in stone somewhere? Many of these questions can only be answered outside of moral codes, with ethics.

Ethics in Scientology means to survive as well as one can for the greatest good of all. By this one can say that while we want to see that it is important for oneself to survive, there is also one’s family, one’s community, mankind and other life forms that seem to also have needs to survive. It is ultimately our survival to also obey those needs.

So the choice of what is ethically right and wrong is not merely what is best for self, family or nation, for there are others, other families and other nations and other life forms to consider. One impacts on others. Others impact on self. Ethical decisions are those decisions that take all into the equation so as to get an ultimately survival ethical solution.

The right solution is the ethical solution, and that which enables not only oneself to survive but also one’s fellows and other life to survive as well.

In Scientology ethics is an exacting philosophy. It is a very important part of the Scientology religion, and little known outside of the organization. It is what has been responsible for its fast growth, no less. L. Ron Hubbard developed an ethics manual called Introduction to Scientology Ethics. It obviously explains a lot more than the above, but I am sure you will have a feeling for it by now.