This article is from the Scientology and Dianetics FAQ, by email@example.com (Scientology Information Server) with numerous contributions by others.
The Code of Honor first appeared in Professional Auditor's Bulletin 40
on 26 November 1954. As Mr. Hubbard himself explained:
"No one expects the Code of Honor to be closely and tightly
"An ethical code cannot be enforced. Any effort to enforce the
Code of Honor would bring it to the level of a moral code. It cannot
be enforced simply because it is a way of life only as long as it is
not enforced. Any other use but self-determined use of the Code of
Honor would, as any Scientologist could quickly see, produce a
considerable deterioration in a person. Therefore its use is a luxury
use, and which is done solely on self-determined action, providing one
sees eye to eye with the Code of Honor.
"If you believed man was worthy enough to be granted by you
sufficient stature so as to permit you to exercise gladly the Code of
Honor, I can guarantee that you would be a happy person. And if you
found an occasional miscreant falling away from the best standards you
have developed, you yet did not turn away from the rest of man, and if
you discovered yourself betrayed by those you were seeking to defend
and yet did not then experience a complete reversal of opinion about
all your fellow men, there would be no dwindling spiral for you.
"The only difference between paradise on Earth and hell on Earth is
whether or not you believe your fellow man worthy of receiving from
you the friendship and devotion called for in this Code of Honor."
1. Never desert a comrade in need, in danger or in trouble.
2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted.
3. Never desert a group to which you owe your support.
4. Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
5. Never need praise, approval or sympathy.
6. Never compromise with your own reality.
7. Never permit your affinity to be alloyed.
8. Do not give or receive communication unless you yourself
9. Your self-determinism and your honor are more important than
your immediate life.
10. Your integrity to yourself is more important than your body.
11. Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make
12. Never fear to hurt another in a just cause.
13. Don't desire to be liked or admired.
14. Be your own adviser, keep your own counsel and select your
15. Be true to your own goals.