Sunday, October 26, 2008

Developing Dianetics

Someone asked me about Dianetics (which is defined in an earlier post) and how it was developed. While there is a 400+ page book on this called Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health, there is a small paragraph in Dianetics that might help answer the question. So, here's the quote, it's from the chapter "The Goal of Man":

"Consider all knowledge to fall above or below a *line of demarcation. Everything above this line is not necessary to the solutions of Man's **aberrations and general shortcomings and is inexactly known. Such a field of thought could be considered to embrace such things as metaphysics and mysticism. Below this line of demarcation could be considered to lie the finite universe.... The known data in the finite universe can be classified as scientific truth when it has been sensed, experienced and measured. All factors necessary to the resolution of a science of the mind were found within the finite universe and were discovered, sensed, measured and experienced, and became scientific truth." - L. Ron Hubbard

To me, this statement shows that the discovery of Dianetics was done in a completely scientific way. I mean, it seems pretty darn logical to classify your information and delineate what it is will resolved your problem from what won't resolve it.

*Line of Demarcation means: that which marks the boundaries or limits of, or divides something so that its divided parts are separate and identifiable.

**Aberration means: Any deviation or departure from rationality.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Aims of Scientology

I've never posted the Aims of Scientology, which are covered in Scientology 0-8 - The Book of Basics (can you tell I like that book? It's a plethora of information). Anyway, here are the aims:

"A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology."

I really like that quote. It's such a simple sentence that lays out what many people want in their heart of hearts. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Scientology Code of Honor

I was reminded of The Code of Honor the other day and I thought I might share it with you guys. I've always found it a useful guide for living. So, here's The Code of Honor as given in Scientology 0-8 The Book of Basics:

"1. Never desert a comrade in need, in danger or in trouble.
"2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted.
"3. Never desert a group to which you owe your support.
"4. Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
"5. Never need praise, approval or sympathy.
"6. Never compromise with your own reality.
"7. Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.
"8. Do not give or receive communication unless you yourself desire it.
"9. Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than your immediate life.
"10. Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.
"11. Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.
"12. Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
"13. Don't desire to be liked or admired.
"14. Be your own adviser, keep your own counsel and select your own decisions.
"15. Be true to your own goals."

The above code is considered an ethical code in Scientology, which means it's your decision whether or not you follow it.

I've always liked that about this code because for me (for example) I love #11 (Never regret yesterday...) because it's so freeing. I love the idea that I make my own tomorrow. However, #12 (Never fear to hurt...) I've never seen as necessary - because I have never run across a situation in which hurting another would be for a just cause. I can certainly see an example of a cause in which it's just to hurt another (someone trying to kill you, for example), but happily I've never had to deal with something like that.

One thing I love about this code, and really about Scientology, is that I've always been encouraged to make my own decisions. And from my point of view, that's extremely important.

Tell me what you think about the Scientology Code of Honor.