Throughout the ages, Man has struggled with the subjects of right and wrong and
The dictionary defines ethics as “the study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by the individual in his relationship with others.”
The same dictionary defines justice as “conformity to moral right or to reason, truth or fact,” or “the administration of law.”
As you can see, these terms have become confused.
All philosophies from time immemorial have involved themselves with these subjects. And they never solved them.
That they have been solved in Dianetics and Scientology is a breakthrough of magnitude. The solution lay, first, in their separation. From there it could go forward to a workable technology for each.
Ethics consists simply of the actions an individual takes on himself. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical or “has his ethics in,” it is by his own
Justice is the action taken on the individual by the group when he fails to take these actions himself.
These subjects are, actually, the basis of all philosophy. But in any study of the history of philosophy, it is plain that they have puzzled philosophers for a long time.
The early Greek followers of
This chain continued down the ages. Philosopher after philosopher tried to resolve the subjects of ethics and justice.
Unfortunately, until now, there has been no workable solution, as evidenced by the declining ethical level of society.
So you see it is no small breakthrough that has been made in this subject. We have defined the terms, which Socrates omitted to do, and we have a workable technology that anyone can use to help get himself out of the mud. The natural laws behind this subject have been found and made available for all to use.
Ethics is so native to the individual that when it goes off the rails he will always seek to overcome his own lack of ethics.
He knows he has an ethics blind spot the moment he develops it. At that moment he starts trying to put ethics in on himself and, to the degree that he can envision long-term survival concepts, he may be successful—even though lacking the actual technology of Ethics.
All too often, however, the
And, once on the way down, without the basic technology of Ethics, he has no way of climbing back up the chute—he just caves himself in directly and deliberately. And even though he has a lot of complexities in his life, and he has other people doing him in, it all starts with his lack of knowledge of the technology of Ethics.
This, basically, is one of the primary tools he uses to dig himself out.
Basic Nature of Man
No matter how criminal an individual is, he will be trying, one way or another, to put ethics in on himself.
This explains why
The individual who lacks any Ethics Technology is unable to put in ethics on himself and restrain himself from
When the individual fails to put in his own ethics, the group takes action against him and this is called justice.
I have found that Man cannot be trusted with justice. The truth is, Man cannot really be trusted with “punishment.” With it he does not really seek discipline, he
Many governments are so touchy about their
When the tech of Ethics isn’t known, justice becomes an end-all in itself. And that just degenerates into a
Proper justice is expected and has definite use. When a state of discipline does not exist the whole group
The individual can be trusted with ethics and when he is taught to put his own ethics in, justice no longer becomes the all-important subject that it is made out to be.
The breakthrough in Scientology is that we do have the basic technology of Ethics. For the first time Man can learn how to put his own ethics in and climb back up the chute.
This is a brand-new discovery. Before Scientology it had never before seen the light of day, anywhere. It marks a turning point in the history of philosophy. The individual can learn this technology, learn to apply it to his life and can then put his own ethics in, change conditions and start heading upwards toward survival
I hope you will learn to use this technology very well for your own sake, for the sake of those around you and for the sake of the future of this culture as a whole.
the actions an individual takes on himself to correct some conduct or situation in which he is involved which is contrary to the ideals and best interests of his group. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical or “has his ethics in,” it is by his own determinism and is done by himself.
the action taken on an individual by the group when he fails to take appropriate ethics actions himself.
power of choice; power of decision; ability to decide or determine the course of one’s actions.
(582–500 b.c.) Greek philosopher and mathematician who founded a school in southern Italy that emphasized the study of musical harmony and geometry and is considered the first true mathematician.
(470?–399 b.c.) Greek philosopher and teacher, who believed that goodness was based on knowledge, and wickedness was based on ignorance. He urged his fellow Greeks to consider as the most important things in life the moral character of their souls and the search for knowledge of moral ideas like justice.
(ca. 427–347 b.c.) Greek philosopher and teacher, born in Athens. In 387 b.c., he founded a school of philosophy known as the Academy which became the first university known in history.
(384–322 b.c.) Greek philosopher, educator and scientist. His works covered all branches of human knowledge known in his time, including logic, ethics, natural science and politics.
reactive mind, that portion of a person’s mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis (given a certain stimulus it gives a certain response), which is not under his volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions. (A bank is a storage place for information, as in early computers where data was stored on a group or series of cards called a bank.)
an action or situation in which an individual is involved, or something the individual does, which is contrary to the ideals, best interests and survival of his dynamics.
Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), German political leader of the twentieth century who dreamed of creating a master race that would rule for a thousand years as the third German Empire. Taking over rule of Germany by force in 1933 as a dictator, he began World War II (1939–1945), subjecting much of Europe to his domination and murdering millions of Jews and others considered “inferior.” He committed suicide in 1945 when Germany’s defeat was imminent.
a group of twenty-six nations, including Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union, who opposed the Axis—the countries, which included Germany, Italy and Japan, which fought together during World War II.
from contra, against, in opposition to, and survival. Hence, contra-survival is something in opposition to, against or contrary to survival.
unpleasant and not easy to accept, as facts or ideas.
a bitter-tasting drug used to treat certain forms of malaria (an infectious disease that can cause death if not treated).
brings about (harm); causes, inflicts.
imitate, express or act out something, as an actor would in a drama or play acting out his scripted part.
a reference to the divine right of kings, the belief that kings and queens had a God-given right to rule, that they could do no wrong and were accountable only to God for their actions and not to the people they ruled. Used figuratively.
one who begins a lawsuit against another person (defendant) in a court of law to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights.
a type of behavior in which pleasure is obtained from hurting others and making them suffer physically or mentally.
causes to collapse mentally or physically to the extent that the individual cannot function causatively. The individual is quite effect. A US Western term which symbolized mental or physical collapse as like being at the bottom of a mine shaft or in a tunnel when the supports collapsed and left the person under tons of debris.
unaided; by one’s own efforts; without any help from others.