An Introduction to L. Ron Hubbard
Unquestionably, then, this road to self-respect, as paved by LRH discoveries, is a vastly important one. It also happens to be an entirely fascinating road, winding from the pinnacle of Western philosophy to the bedrock of late twentieth-century despair. En route, we alternately find Ron facing crews of veritable cutthroats in the North Atlantic, conducting advanced sociological studies in Lower Manhattan and walking an especially murderous beat as a Special Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. Needless to say, we also find a supremely compassionate L. Ron Hubbard who continued to maintain that if some men may indeed pose a menace to society, "I will not admit that there is a naturally bad, evil man on earth."
Today, of course, what Ron had long recognized as a moral and ethical crisis has become a well-publicized concern. And no wonder what with United States violent crime rates tripling over the last three decades, and some fifty billion dollars a year now spent on enforcement, prosecution and incarceration. In yet another testament to our moral crises is more than half the American college students casually admitting to having cheated on entrance exams, and a full seventy-six percent of all medical and law students admitting the same. While waiting in the academic wings are half the nations high-school students just as casually admitting they will lie to achieve a financial objective, pad expense accounts and insurance claims. Then, of course, come the grimmer figures, including the fact that this nations most statistically violent quarter lies with those between the ages of fifteen and nineteen, who, on any given school day, pack more than a hundred thousand handguns to kill forty of their classmates. Hence, such neatly phrased observations as: quite apart from all else that plagues this landscape in terms of moral despair, "We are facing a juvenile Armageddon."
The general reply has been swift, vociferous and largely pointless: political referendums for the reinstatement of a moral curriculum (however undefined), a stiffening of penalties for scholastic impropriety (generally conceded to accomplish nothing), and the rise of the "Virtuecrat" to effectively alienate those fifteen- to nineteen-year-olds another step further. Meanwhile, a whole new set of buzzwords have been spawned to explain attendant criminality including: abused childhood syndrome, disadvantaged backlash and however inherently racist the genetic inclination to violence. As we shall see, however, such think is not only irrelevant, but actually part and parcel of the problem, which is why it is finally so significant that Ron continued to speak of this road to self-respect in terms of returning to man "some of the happiness, some of the sincerity, some of the love and kindness with which he was created."
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