Blog: Critical Q&A 107 - 2017-05-07

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F0.png Critical Q&A #107 May 7, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comments of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) I was reading the Technical Dictionary of Dianetics and Scientology and found it fascinating. For non-Scientologists, it offers an inside look into the pseudo-scientific and pseudo-military language of the cult. The dictionary defines the Sea Organization as "an organization which functions at a high level of confront and standard. Its purpose is to get ethics in on the planet and eventually the universe." The dictionary further states in the definition of "Ethics" that "When one is ethical or 'has his ethics in' it is by his own determination and is done by himself."

If, according to Hubbard, one can be ethical only by doing so himself, how can the Sea Org get "ethics in" on the universe? Doesn't this imply forcing Scientology ethics on everybody? This makes it sound like the purpose of the Sea Org is world domination. As a Sea Org member, how were you taught to understand the phrase "get ethics in"? Presumably this is a very important concept for Sea Org members, as it is the stated purpose of the organization.