Starting Today: Jefferson Hawkins Helps Us Get Our Scientology Ethics In! - 2013-10-17
Jefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous "volcano" TV ads in the 1980s. He's told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he's helping us understand the upside-down world of Scientology "ethics."
Jeff, we're thrilled that you've offered to help us slog through L. Ron Hubbard's book Introduction to Scientology Ethics. If there's one subject we'd like to have a better understanding of, it's the complex system of control that Hubbard invented. One of the things that non-Scientologists have trouble understanding is how Scientologists can talk so much about "ethics" and yet do things that a normal person would consider unethical — such as disconnection, the RPF, participating in shady business deals, and a host of other questionable actions. Do they have a different definition of "ethics" than the rest of us?
JEFFERSON: Very much so, and this is the book where Hubbard lays out his own definition of ethics and his system of "getting one's ethics in."