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L. Ron Hubbard’s system of ethics is based wholly on reason. Whereas morals, Mr. Hubbard pointed out, are essentially laws of conduct laid down from accumulated experience out of ages past and thus may no longer be entirely relevant to survival. Ethics consists wholly of rationality toward the highest level of survival for all. True, in the absence of anything else, a moral code can provide a general yardstick for optimum conduct, and ethics conduct always includes an adherence to society’s moral codes. But over time, morals can become outmoded, burdensome, and so invite revolt. Thus, although moral codes are respected, it is the adherence to ethical standards that enables people to progress smoothly to happiness and higher states.

Ethics may be defined as the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical, it is something he does himself by his own choice.

The logic of L. Ron Hubbard’s system of ethics is inarguable and based upon two key concepts: good and evil. Like ethics and justice, good and evil have long been subject to opinion and confusion. But to appreciate what this view of ethics is all about, it must be understood that good can be considered to be a constructive survival action. It is something that, to put it simply, is more beneficial than destructive across all aspects of life. True, nothing is completely good, and to build anew often requires a degree of destruction. But if the constructive outweighs the destructive, then, an action can be considered good. Thus, for example, a new cure which saves a hundred lives but kills only one is an acceptable cure.

Having thus defined what is good, evil then becomes the opposite of good, and constitutes anything which is destructive more than it is constructive along the dynamics. A thing which does more destruction than construction is evil from the viewpoint of the individual, the future race, group, species, life or physical universe matter that it destroys.

In summation, then, an act or conclusion is as right as it promotes survival across all aspects of life and to be entirely right would be to survive to infinity. Conversely, an act or conclusion is wrong to the degree that it is non-survival across the various sectors of life, injuring more than it aids.


For all the tools that one possesses to better conditions and raise one’s ethical level, it is occasionally necessary, for the protection of the many, that the group step in and take proper action when the individual fails to take such action himself—hence L. Ron Hubbard’s justice system. The basic idea behind this system of justice is as simple and rational as the underlying theory of Mr. Hubbard’s ethics. Justice exists to protect decent people. It is necessary in any successful society. Without it the brute attacks the weak, the good and the productive. The concept and practice of justice as it exists in society today, however, is increasingly ineffective.

Right and wrong, guilt and innocence are relegated to but players in the show. A lawyer defending a criminal on trial for armed robbery, for instance, is not interested in establishing guilt or innocence; he is looking for a loophole or technicality on which the case can be dismissed and his client set free—whether guilty or not. Few have the wealth necessary to even try to pursue justice through the courts and even if one prevails, attorney costs often make it a Pyrrhic victory (a victory won at such a great cost to the victor that it is tantamount to defeat).

Mr. Hubbard developed another system, one unlike any other. A system which is both rapid and fair, and one can utilize this system to protect the decent and the productive.

This system of justice is administered in accordance with a precise set of easily understandable codes clearly delineated, broadly published and knowable. Justice actions are conducted entirely in accordance with these codes, and whether they have been violated or not; suspicion, opinion or caprice play no part.

The sole purpose of this system of justice is to establish the truth of a matter and determine guilt or innocence. With this established, proper restitution of wrongs can be made. A businessperson with a dispute can use this system of justice to settle matters amicably. Anyone can avail himself of the justice system to resolve disputes. And because this system of justice is fair, economical and occurs without delay, WISE members find it of great value.


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