Category Archives: moral code

Crime May Pay But at What Cost?

How outrageous is it that  83-year-old Texas oil tycoon Oscar Wyatt can settle and buy his way out of facing the full consequences of his crimes? And what is the real impact of what he did in the lives and survival potential of the people of that country?

According to Reuters, ” Aging Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal in which millions of dollars in kickbacks were paid to Saddam Hussein’s government to win oil contracts from Iraq.” And “Under terms of the deal, the other charges will be dropped and he will be sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison on November 27, versus the maximum of 74 years if convicted on all five counts. He also agreed to forfeit $11 million.”

The purpose of the program and the significance of what he did is further described as follows:

“The program was established to help Saddam’s Iraq sell oil to buy humanitarian supplies while it was otherwise under U.N. sanctions due to its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

“But a U.N.-commissioned inquiry headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker found the program was corrupted by 2,200 companies in 66 countries that paid $1.8 billion in kickbacks to Iraqi officials to win supply deals.”

So not only was he ripping us off buy he was aiding and abetting the regime.

How much did his actions influence, lead to or affect the US later declared an “un-war” against Iraq?

Said war has killed over 3800 US young American servicemen. According to Wikipedia, “The Iraq Body Count project (IBC) has documented 73,264 – 79,869 violent, non-combatant civilian deaths since the beginning of the war as of September 20, 2007and the Lancet project estimates the casualties to be about a million.

It is “cool” to dismiss morals as a corny thing that don’t really apply today, but if we, our leaders of industry, or family and friends, decided what we would do based on moral choices, how much impact could that have on our collective lives.

This summer David Miscavige announced a campaign Scientologists are sponsoring to help people realize that their own happiness is completely contingent on the morality of the choices they make in life.  Mr. Miscavige released a series of 21 public service announcements that are airing right now on TV stations across the US and in other parts of the world.  They make morality something that you can connect with.

If you are as sick as I am of reading after the fact about what people like Oscar Wyatt have done and if you recognize that this disease pervades our society, why don’t you do something about it. Go to The Way to Happiness web site and watch the videos online.  Upload the ones you like best to your blog and take a stand.  Let people know you think morality is cool, and that you want them to make the right choices in their lives too.

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Jason Dohring, Kirstie Alley and Bart Simpson on the Secret to Happiness

Tomorrow night, Glendale CA goes Hollywood, with the premier of 21 short films illustrating The Way To Happiness a common sense, non-religious moral code.

This code, written by L. Ron Hubbard (the founder of Scientology) is immensely popular and has been translated into 94 languages.

But with these films, which are actually public service announcements, they are going to be far more available on a much broader basis than in the past. Each of the 21 films illustrates one of the precepts of the book, and all together they form a system for improving one’s live and simply doing better in all aspects of one’s life.

The films themselves are works of art, and these will all be aired at tomorrow night’s event.

“The goal is to get a book in everyone’s hand,” said Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons” and the foundation’s spokeswoman.

Cartwright, who said she raised her children on the book’s common-sense principles and soon plans to buy 1 million “Way to Happiness” books to distribute in the San Fernando Valley, is co-hosting the event at the Alex with actress Kirstie Alley.

Californication — David Duchovny Personifies the New American Morality?

Watching the previews of this newest Showtime offering for August 13th, and reading the reviews makes me wonder.

I’m sure I’m going to love the show. It appears to be very trendy, well conceived, artistic, clever, very well acted, realistic. Everything I’m sure I’ll love.

The lead character is played by David Duchovny. How could I not identify with or love the guy.

He is described on the web site in these terms: “he enjoys life and owns all his various vices – drink, drugs and women – with a refreshing sense of honesty and unapologetic candor. He’s holding it together while falling apart, and he doesn’t mind it one bit.”

Of course we’re all going to cut him as much slack as he wants. But isn’t this the same thing we do to our friends, (and they to us) that helps us all do ourselves in by “getting away with it.”

Here’s another example of the tone of the show– the description of Duchovny’s best friend: “lives his life on the straight and narrow path and can’t understand why Hank can’t just kick his various habits and settle down with a good woman. But, underneath, married Charlie envies Hank’s swinging lifestyle and Charlie’s behavior behind closed doors will contradict his morally sanctified tone and cause problems on the home front.”

Sure, this is “just for fun.” It’s “entertainment.” And I’m sure it’s going to be a great show — a winner. As long as it doesn’t glorify (or maybe just rationalizes) the worst in all of us.

The show description states the Duchovny character is a has-been loser. But the question is, does it connect the dots and point out that the very reason he’s a failure is his lack of character, and help us maintain our own integrity by serving as a model?

I hate to be “preachy” (i.e. take on a “morally sanctified tone”– I guess that’s the description of anything that would point out that perhaps some of our lifestyle choices are not in our own or our friends’ best interest), but does the “hero” of this show really represent what we want to set as a standard for our lives?

I don’t think so.

Here’s what I think would make us all a lot happier, courtesy of The Way to Happiness,
by L. Ron Hubbard

Sex and AIDS–Life and Death

It’s a pretty sorry state when we can be encouraged that “only” 29% of the pregnant women on our country are HIV positive. But that’s the news today out of South Africa.

How many Americans could confront walking down a street in Johannesburg today, knowing that 3 out of every 10 pregnant women we see are living under a death sentence and passing it on to their unborn children.

As reported in 2005 almost half of the 1,200,000 orphans in South Africa lost their parents to AIDS.

The people of the African continent, living under the thread to AIDS have the lowest life expectancy on Earth.

Obviously, sexual abstinence is the most effective preventative measure for sexually transmitted HIV, but what will it take to shift sexual mores to such a degree that we can make a dent in the problem?>> more

Freedom of Religion

Why did the Founding Fathers insist on freedom of religion as a human right, and write it into the constitution as the 1st amendment? Why have their been wars fueled by religious intolerance right up to the present?

For people who take freedom of religion for granted, and live in a fairly tolerant society (even if there are some few who spew hatred toward others’ beliefs on the Internet, at least they aren’t throwing the objects of their rage to the lions or cutting out their tongues these days) it may seem an unnecessary right. But it is not at all. It may be the most basic right of all.

I want to share a video that expresses the importance and the beauty of this right in a way I’ve never seen before.

This video was shown at an event in Clearwater, Florida a few weeks ago, and was re-aired in every Scientology church around the world last weekend. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center MC’ed the event and when introduced this particular video it had the whole crowd mesmerized.

There are certain things I find particularly beautiful in life. This one is on a par with any of them.

Enjoy!

P.S. This video is a public service announcements (PSA) video illustrates one of the precepts of The Way to Happiness, a non-religious moral code anyone can use, written by L. Ron Hubbard. The director/producer of this PSA is a genius, and he has created PSAs for each of the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness, all of them really worth watching.