Blog: Scientology's Code of Honor - 2014-03-16
I haven't done any editorializing or analysis of the series of recent posts on the aims of Scientology (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, OSA Statistics). I have simply posted the words of L. Ron Hubbard directing his Scientology troops at various times towards what he considered vital objectives. More books could be written on the hundreds of lives that were ruined (both targets and executors of the objectives) by execution of those directives – and the many more like them that were issued over the years. Most of the commentary on those posts has gravitated toward two poles. At one pole is denial, strained justification. At the other pole is condemnation, wholesale and definitive. What few have assayed to do is explain the behavior of those who adopted and carried out these aims. Those people who really believed the future of humanity was won or lost on whether those directives were thoroughly complied to. I have some views to share on that score which are derived from subjective experience and objective observation.
If you want to change out rotting upholstery you need to get down to the brass tacks. One piece of fundamental 'scripture' that most Scientologists – corporate, independent and otherwise – tend to agree upon wholeheartedly is L. Ron Hubbard's 'Code of Honor.' It is so popular amongst them that it could be said to in some ways serve to define 'Scientologist.' There is no doubt that the Code contains some sensible and lofty principles that could serve someone well at certain life crossroads. Just as certainly, there are aspects of the code that could serve to suggest destructive, even sociopathic, behavior.
"2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted."