Honor in the World today appears to be a somewhat confused subject. People don’t always honor their commitments, promises … their word. Many years ago many business deals were done on a handshake and interestingly enough still considered legally binding in law. But today few people’s word is binding. How often do you hear people say … “I promise I will get back to you … Trust me I will call you … etc.” It appears that promises are not considered very important by many!
“Man’s degradation always stems from his first desertion—or breakage of, really—the Code of Honor. He breaks the Code of Honor and after that he starts downhill and he gets worse and worse and worse and worse. Because his trust in himself is worse and therefore he can’t trust what his own space is or his own energy is or anything else.
“So this is a completely wild picture. When you look at man’s location in the MEST universe and what he has or has not been through, the picture is just incredibly wild. And you start to search through facsimiles to set this picture to rights, all you’re going to find is the track of agreements which led him to finally agree to be what he is right now.”
L. Ron Hubbard Excerpted from the lecture What’s Wrong with This Universe: A Working Package for the Auditor, delivered on 9 December 1952.
This mergence of morals and ethics has occurred in recent times, and is symptomatic of a general decline. An ethic is practiced on an entirely self-determined basis. An ethical code is not enforceable, is not to be enforced, but is a luxury of conduct. A person conducts himself according to an ethical code because he wants to or because he feels he is proud enough or decent enough, or civilized enough to so conduct himself.
An ethical code, of course, is a code of certain restrictions indulged in to better the manner of conduct of life. If one Scientologist started to punish or berate some other Scientologist and called for an enforcement on the grounds that the Code of Honour had been disregarded, the punitive act itself would involve and violate the Code of Honour. The Code of Honour is a Code of Honour as long as it is not enforced. If a person is big enough, or strong enough or sane enough, then he can indulge himself in the luxury of holding upon himself freely and of his own decision the Code of Honour. When such an ethical code begins to be enforced it becomes then a moral code.
A moral code is enforceable. Mores are those things which make a society possible. They are the heavily agreed-upon, policed codes of conduct of the society. If an auditor were to flagrantly and continually violate the Auditor’s Code or the Code of a Scientologist, then other auditors would have a perfect right to demand, and through the HAS1 effect, the suspension or revocation of certificates or memberships, or both. However, no such action is possible with the Code of Honour. A person could continually and flagrantly flaunt the Code of Honour and experience no more than perhaps the slight contempt or pity of his fellows.
The Code of Honour clearly states conditions of acceptable comradeship amongst those fighting on one side against something which they conceive should be remedied. While anyone practicing “the only one” believes that it is possible to have a fight or contest only so long as one remains “the only one” and confronts as that single identity all of existence, it is not very workable to live without friends or comrades in arms.
Amongst those friends and comrades in arms one’s acceptability and measure is established fairly well by his adherence to such a thing as the Code of Honour. Anyone practicing the Code of Honour would maintain a good opinion of his fellows, a much more important thing than having one’s fellows maintain a good opinion of one.
The only difference between Paradise on earth and Hell on earth is whether or not you believe your fellow man worthy of receiving from you the friendship and devotion called for in this Code of Honour.
26 November 1954 THE CODE OF HONOUR A Basic Course in Scientology – Part 6
All the Codes have a valid point of view but a very important one deals directly with how the person feels about themselves … “Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.”
How many people do you know who criticize themselves, tell themselves how they can’t do this or that, that they are too stupid, lazy or whatever? The power that your attitude has over your life has been written about by many, many different people. “You are not what you think you are. You are what you think,” wrote the great Thomas Jefferson. He continued to say, “Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his (or her) goals. Nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude.”
And as a last thought … Remember…
“A being causes his own feelings.
The greatest joy there is in life is creating”
From HCOB 25 August 1982, “The Joy of Creating”
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