Quite interesting to compare Scientology's ethics definition against others:# According to the Church of Scientology, "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."en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_(Scientology)[/list]
Survival and the DynamicsScientology states that the basic principle of existence is "survive". Survival is considered as the single and sole purpose and it is subdivided into eight dynamics: * Dynamic one is the urge towards survival as an individual. * Dynamic two is the urge towards survival through procreation; it includes both the act of sex and the raising and care of children. * Dynamic three is the urge towards survival for the group. * Dynamic four is the urge of the individual toward survival for Mankind. * Dynamic five is the urge to survive as a life organism and embraces all life forms. * Dynamic six is the urge to survive as part of the physical universe and includes the survival of the physical universe. * Dynamic seven is the urge toward survival as a spirit. * Dynamic eight is the urge toward survival as a part of the Supreme Being.The optimum solution to any problem is that solution which brings the greatest benefit to the greatest number of dynamics. Actions are considered "good" if they promote survival across all eight dynamics or realms of action. Goodness is conceived in terms of "constructive survival action", as construction may also require a degree of destruction for new construction to take place, construction must outweigh destruction in order for something to be considered good.
Morals and ethicsScientology teaches that progress on The Bridge requires and enables the attainment of high moral and ethical standards. The main Scientology text on ethics is the book Introduction to Scientology Ethics.Scientology uses the term "morals" to refer to a collectively agreed code of good conduct and defines ethics as "the actions an individual takes on himself in order to accomplish optimum survival for himself and others on all [eight] dynamics". Scientology stresses the rationality of ethics over morals: "Ethics actually consists of rationality toward the highest level of survival."; "If a moral code were thoroughly reasonable, it could, at the same time, be considered thoroughly ethical. But only at this highest level could the two be called the same".
The Scientology ethics system includes a body of technology called conditions formulas. L. Ron Hubbard discovered that there are various states of existence and that there are exact formulas connected with these states. A person can determine what condition any area of his life is in and apply a formula to immediately improve this condition.
Note also that highly charged language is not the sole province of cults. We see the same effect on certain partisan news agency news programs, in speeches given by politicians, and in advertising. Compare cult panic-mongering with escalating "terror alerts" that encouraged the general public to stay in a heightened state of fear, and to allow privacy- and freedom-eroding policies and Acts to gain momentum and public support. Fearful people are far more likely to accept their freedoms being curtailed in exchange for the illusion of safety.
With the progression through each phase, the degree of conversion becomes more effective and complete. The way to achieve conversion are many and varied, but the usual first step in religious or political brainwashing is to work on the emotions of an individual or group until they reach an abnormal level of anger, fear, excitement, or nervous tension.The progressive result of this mental condition is to impair judgment and increase suggestibility. The more this condition can be maintained or intensified, the more it compounds. Once catharsis, or the first brain phase, is reached, the complete mental takeover becomes easier. Existing mental programming can be replaced with new patterns of thinking and behavior.
The use of hypnotic techniques by religions is sophisticated, and professionals are assuring that they become even more effective. A man in Los Angeles is designing, building, and reworking a lot of churches around the country. He tells ministers what they need and how to use it. This man's track record indicates that the congregation and the monetary income will double if the minister follows his instructions. He admits that about 80 percent of his efforts are in the sound system and lighting.Powerful sound and the proper use of lighting are of primary importance in inducing an altered state of consciousness...
The fifth clue that conversion tactics are being used is the introduction of jargon--new terms that have meaning only to the "insiders" who participate. Vicious language is also frequently used, purposely, to make participants uncomfortable.
WOG - Worthy Oriental Gentleman; one who isn't trying.
"A long term propaganda technique used by socialists (Communists and Nazis alike} is of interest to PR practitioners. I know of no place it is mentioned in PR literature. But the data had verbal circulation in intelligence circles and is in constant current use. The trick is -- WORDS ARE REDEFINED TO MEAN SOMETHING ELSE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROPAGANDIST. Many instances of planned and campaigned in order to obtain a public opinion advantage for the group doing the propaganda. Given enough repetition of the redefinition public opinion can be altered by altering the meaning of a word. The technique is good or bad depending on the ultimate objective of the propagandist."'Psychiatry' and 'psychiatrist' are easily redefined to mean 'an anti-social enemy of the people'. This takes the kill crazy psychiatrist off the preferred list of Professions... The redefinition of words is done by associating different emotions and symbols with the word than were intended...Scientologists are redefining 'doctor', 'Psychiatry' and 'psychology' to mean 'undesirable antisocial elements'...The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success with this technique of propaganda." - L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 5 October 1971, PR Series 12, "Propaganda by Redefinition of Words"
Here's an essay, called Language, Jargon and Mind Control, that is well worth the read: http://alley.ethercat.com/xint/language.html
Quote from: ethercat on March 28, 2009, 01:21Here's an essay, called Language, Jargon and Mind Control, that is well worth the read: http://alley.ethercat.com/xint/language.htmlWow. Somehow I missed this thread and that most excellent essay. May I have permission to mirror that (with a link to the original) in my comparitive analysis of Scientology language? It would make for an awesome addition the next time I publish an update to this document:Scientology Tech Dictionary Definition Comparisonshttp://www.scribd.com/doc/136449275/Scientology-Tech-Dictionary-Definition-Comparisons