Lies Debunked: The Way to Happiness

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Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: Public Relations (publicrelations@scientology.org)
Subject: The Way to Happiness
Date: 1999/03/31

RE: THE WAY TO HAPPINESS

In 1981 L. Ron Hubbard wrote "The Way To Happiness", a non- religious moral code that has been distributed to more than 53 million people internationally.

Mr. Hubbard was keenly aware that the modern world lacked a code of morals befitting our faster, high-tech and highly pragmatic society. Old values had been broken and not replaced by new ones.

Moral codes of ages past were religiously based and demanded a faith that many could not muster in this era of waning church attendance. Mr. Hubbard set out to write a new moral code, one that was based not on faith, but on common sense which appealed to man's reason and his natural inclination to better his survival.

Below are the moral precepts from "The Way To Happiness" - a common sense guide to better living -

1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
1-1. Get care when you are ill
1-2. Keep your body clean
1-3. Preserve your teeth
1-4. Eat properly
1-5. Get rest
2. BE TEMPERATE
2-1. Do not take harmful drugs
2-2. Do not take alcohol to excess
3. DON'T BE PROMISCUOUS
3-1. Be faithful to your sexual partner
4. LOVE AND HELP CHILDREN
5. HONOR AND HELP YOUR PARENTS
6. SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
7. SEEK TO LIVE WITH THE TRUTH
7-1. Do not tell harmful lies
7-2. Do not bear false witness
8. DO NOT MURDER
9. DON'T DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL
10. SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT DESIGNED AND RUN FOR ALL THE PEOPLE
11. DO NOT HARM A PERSON OF GOOD WILL
12. SAFEGUARD AND IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
12-1. Be of good appearance
12-2. Take care of your own area
12-3. Help take care of the planet
13. DO NOT STEAL
14. BE WORTHY OF TRUST
14-1. Keep your word once given
15. FULFILL YOUR OBLIGATIONS
16. BE INDUSTRIOUS
17. BE COMPETENT
17-1. Look
17-2. Learn
17-3. Practice
18. RESPECT THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF OTHERS
19. TRY NOT TO DO THINGS TO OTHERS THAT YOU WOULD NOT LIKE THEM TO DO TO YOU. 20. TRY TO TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO TREAT YOU
21. FLOURISH AND PROSPER

For more information go to:

http://www.lronhubbard.org
http://www.thewaytohappiness.org


And now for the truth

Apparently the Christian Bible wasn't good enough for L. Ron Hubbard. The suggesion that human morality could some how be improved by anything Hubbard came up with is in keeping with the rest of the megalomaniac's bizarre opinions of himself and, in fact, Hubbard discarded the phrases "Before Christ" and "After Christ" in favor of his own phrases "Before Dianetics" and "After Dianetics." That shows the level of delusions of godhood Hbbard experienced.

The Scientology organization's "Way to Happiness" booklet is one of the organization's many advertising efforts designed to make people think that Scientology actually has something of value to sell to the public. Scientology's public relations campaigns are usually focused upon trying to get Hubbard's bizarre notions accepted outside of the criminal enterprise he created and "Way to Happiness" is more of the same. The organization has tried to get some of this nonsense published in advertisements in New York after the terrorist attacks when Scientology's "Volunteer Ministers" went to New York to deliberately disrupt the relief efforts there.

While most of the notions Hubbard enumerated are common sense and not anything new or even exciting, here and there in his list you can find what he was really trying to sell. As an example, Scientology wants very desperately to be considered to be a real religion some how and they want people to believe that not accepting their notions that they're a religion (rather than a criminal enterprise) some how constitutes disrespect for their "religion." So they toss that one in there and hope you won't notice that they're asking you to believe they deserve respect.

What's also important to point out is that L. Ron Hubbard and his fellow ringleaders in the criminal enterprise he created did not and do not follow most of these principles.

There are 37 "common sense guides to better living" enumerated by Scientology above. Reviewing Hubbard's history, we find that he managed to meet 6 of them. He did in fact rest from time to time. He couldn't be promiscuous since he had extreme sexual dysfunction problems. He was never convicted of murder despite the large number of homicides his followers have experienced at their own hands. He has "looked" before, no doubt, and he certainly "practiced" his criminal swindles and honed his criminal skills to a fine point. Lastly he was most certainly "industrious." He created a massive criminal empire the likes of which have not been seen outside of the Italian Mafia.

Are "Volunteer Ministers" which worship a man who discarded the Christian calendar in favor of dating things before and after his own creation "Dianetics" people you can trust?

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