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The Basic Scientology Ethics Course includes the Introduction to Scientology Ethics book and the taped lecture by L. Ron Hubbard "The Five Conditions of Existence," to show one how to effectively apply Scientology ethics and justice technology.

The Scientology 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 dynamics. True, in the absence of anything else, a moral code can provide a general yardstick for optimum conduct, and ethical 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 holds the channels of the Bridge firmly open, enabling Scientologists to progress smoothly and without distraction.

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

The logic of Scientology 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, confusion and obfuscation. But to appreciate what Scientology 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 the dynamics. True, nothing is completely good, and to build anew often requires a degree of destruction. But if the constructive outweighs the destructive, i.e., if a greater number of dynamics are helped than harmed, 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.


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