This article is from the Scientology and Dianetics FAQ, by email@example.com (Scientology Information Server) with numerous contributions by others.
In our bureaucratic age, members of a group are often left feeling hopeless
and ineffective in the face of seemingly insurmountable difficulties.
Some even come to feel they might be better off without allegiance to any
group. But inevitably no one can survive alone, and denying oneself
membership in a group is denying oneself that certain pride and satisfaction
which can only come through teamwork.
In his research into the technology of groups, L. Ron Hubbard codified the
principles which members of any group should follow to attain its goals.
These are offered in the following code, written in January 1951.
With these guidelines, a person can greatly increase his contribution
to a group, while at the same time maintaining his own self-determinism.
1. The successful participant of a group is that participant who
closely approximates in his own activities the ideal, ethic and
rationale of the overall group.
2. The responsibility of the individual for the group as a whole
should not be less than the responsibility of the group for the
3. The group member has, as part of his responsibility, the smooth
operation of the entire group.
4. A group member must exert and insist upon his rights and
prerogatives as a group member and insist upon the rights and
prerogatives of the group as a group and not let these rights be
diminished in any way or degree for any excuse or claimed
5. The member of a true group must exert and practice his right to
contribute to the group. And he must insist upon the right of
the group to contribute to him. He should recognize that a
myriad of group failures will result when either of these
contributions is denied as a right. (A welfare state being that
state in which the member is not permitted to contribute to the
state but must take contribution from the state.)
6. Enturbulence of the affairs of the group by sudden shifts of
plans unjustified by circumstances, breakdown of recognized
channels or cessation of useful operations in a group must be
refused and blocked by the member of a group. He should take
care not to enturbulate a manager and thus lower ARC [under-
7. Failure in planning or failure to recognize goals must be
corrected by the group member for the group by calling the matter
to conference or acting upon his own initiative.
8. A group member must coordinate his initiative with the goals and
rationale of the entire group and with other individual members,
well publishing his activities and intentions so that all
conflicts may be brought forth in advance.
9. A group member must insist upon his right to have initiative.
10. A group member must study and understand and work with the goals,
rationale and executions of the group.
11. A group member must work toward becoming as expert as possible in
his specialized technology and skill in the group and must assist
other individuals of the group to an understanding of that
technology and skill in its place in the organizational
necessities of the group.
12. A group member should have a working knowledge of all
technologies and skills in the group in order to understand them
and their place in the organizational necessities of the group.
13. On the group member depends the height of the ARC [understanding]
of the group. He must insist upon high-level communication lines
and clarity in affinity and reality and know the consequence of
not having such conditions. *And he must work continually and
actively to maintain high ARC in the organization.*
14. A group member has the right of pride in his tasks and a right of
judgement and handling in those tasks.
15. A group member must recognize that he is himself a manager of
some section of the group and/or its tasks and that he himself
must have both the knowledge and right of management in that
sphere for which he is responsible.
16. The group member should not permit laws to be passed which limit
or proscribe the activities of all the members of the group
because of the failure of some of the members of the group.
17. The group member should insist on flexible planning and
unerring execution of plans.
18. The performance of duty at optimum by every member of the group
should be understood by the group member to be the best safeguard
of his own and the group survival. It is the pertinent business
of any member of the group that optimum performance be achieved
by any other member of the group whether chain of command or
similarity of activity sphere warrants such supervision or not.