Daily Archives: April 23, 2012

Morals, Punishment, Ritual and Chaos

How has radical corporate Scientology gone down the chute into chaos?

An ethic, really, is different than a code.  People can be beaten into being moral but they can never be beaten into being ethical because an ethic requires a very good estimation of force.  You have to be able to judge to be ethical. And one of the first things they tell a people that they only want to be moral — the first thing a ruler will tell a people that he only wants to be moral is to tell them that they mustn’t judge anything.  And then he lays in a code of morals with a club, you see, and then expects them to live up to it and punishes them if they don’t. 

– L Ron Hubbard 7 November 1952

When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.

When goodness is lost, there is morality.

When morality is lost, there is ritual.

Ritual is the husk of true faith, the beginning of chaos.

– Lao Tzu, ca. 500 b.c.