Thursday, August 18, 2005

Applied Scholastics

A couple of years ago I went the grand opening of the Applied Scholastics International campus in Spanish Lake, which is a town within greater St. Louis, MO.

What a beautiful area this is, with some of the nicest features of mid-West countryside. Rolling hills, a view of the Mississippi River, clean air, green.

And the campus itself is lovely. They did such a nice job renovating it. It was originally a Catholic convent for nuns. It has retained its classic beauty, but has been brought up to the 21st Century in terms of facilities.

Applied Scholastics uses the study technology developed by Mr. L. Ron Hubbard.

No matter how beautiful the campus is, if they didn't have an effective means of training teachers, mentors and parents and tutoring children and youth, it wouldn't make any difference.

But the do.

And that's a great thing for all of us!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Living a Better Life

L. Ron Hubbard developed a code of ethicscalled the Code of Honor.

Many of its points are just common sense, like:

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

Other points I include here as very important, and somewhat unique are:

4. Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.

5. Never need praise, approval or sympathy.

6. Never compromise with your own reality.

This full code is also online in several different languages:
French German Italian and Spanish

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Earth Organization

One of the most beautiful sites I've seen on the Net is the Earth Organziation web sit.

But it's not just beautiful. This organization is confronting real issues to save life on this planet.

The founder of this organization is Lawrence Anthony, a South African naturalist whose story can be read here. In addition to his work to preserve the wildlife and other natural resources on Earth, Lawrence's humanitarian work to help the new South Africa emerge after apartheid was recognized some years ago when he received the Freedom Award, presented by the International Association of Scientologists.

It is not a Scientology program, but L. Ron Hubbard's discoveries about the nature of life are also featured on this site and is probably one of the reasons Anthony's program is as effective as it is.