Blog: "The Most Ethical Group on the Planet" - 2010-04-28

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F0.png "The Most Ethical Group on the Planet" April 28, 2010, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology

Scientology styles itself as "the most ethical group on the planet." But when we see such things as a group of senior Scientology executives verbally and physically attacking someone on a city street, when we see Tommy Davis telling bald-faced lies on national TV, when we hear about David Miscavige threatening and beating his juniors, when we see PIs and dirty tricks, we have to ask what definition of ethics these people are following?

I am sure that they all consider they are "in-ethics," but what do they mean by that?

Hubbard describes ethics in terms of "the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics." This is almost a direct quote from a guy named Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832) an English philosopher known as an advocate of utilitarianism, which is a philosophy of ethics. Utilitarianism is often characterized by Bentham's phrase, "the greatest good for the greatest number of people." Utilitarianism holds that that the moral worth of an action is determined by its outcome. This view is often expressed by the phrase "The ends justify the means."