The Way to Happiness is a grassroots program that offers the community the non-religious moral code developed by L. Ron Hubbard. It is a separate and autonomous charitable program that operates independently of the Church of Scientology. It is supported by Scientologists and other people of good will.
s populations grow, national boundaries shift, and communications technologies bind humanity together, the world becomes smaller. Cultures and mores are increasingly intermingled and standards of right and wrong behavior become confused.
Amoral behavior is no illusion. According to the United Nations, revenues from illicit trafficking in narcotics, arms, toxic waste and human beings, as well as kickbacks and bribes, are estimated to be $500 billion per year. This sum is equal to the combined gross national products of two-thirds of the member nations of the United Nations.
The term juvenile delinquent, coined only a few decades ago to label problem adolescents, seems wholly inadequate to describe the cold-blooded youths now roaming through our schools and streets.
In the early 1970s, L. Ron Hubbard returned to the United States after living abroad for 12 years. He was shocked by the degradation he encountered. When religion is not influential in a society or has ceased to be, the state inherits the entire burden of public morality, he observed. It must then use punishment and the police.
In response to the crisis he observed, he undertook the writing of a non-religious moral code. The result, The Way to Happiness, is a unique common-sense guide to better living. It presents precepts which provide the rational basis for right action as well as notes on the application of each precept.
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