The Way To Happiness, A Most Subversive Document


Scientology head L. Ron Hubbard wrote “The Way To Happiness,” which he called the “morals booklet,” in 1980, while hiding out in California. He’d gone into hiding principally to avoid people seeking justice for injustices he’d perpetrated, or seeking the truth from him.

He sent the manuscript and orders for its publication and exploitation to his “Senior Personal Public Relations Officer” Laurel Sullivan. In Flag ED 2119 dated 4 Feb 1981, Laurel provides what Hubbard stated was the purpose of the booklet and its exploitation program: “to improve morals over the world and create a hand to hand subversion of an immoral society.”

As can be seen by the ED’s distribution list, this purpose and the program were known to and embraced by Scientology management and both the Guardian’s Office and Commodore’s Messenger Organization hierarchies. I was Laurel’s direct junior at the time, and possessed the ED because I had program targets as Snr Pers PRO Researcher.

To make his subversion scheme seem moral, Hubbard postulated an immoral society. All Scientologists identically postulate an immoral society in order to contribute to its subversion with, among other things, Hubbard’s Way to Happiness scheme.

Society is not immoral enough to be subverted by the likes of L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, Mark Rathbun, Mike Rinder or any Scientologist in the world. Yet all Scientologists participate in society’s subversion.

Postulating an immoral society — or a “dangerous environment,” or society on a “dwindling spiral,” or “hell on earth,” etc. — is a procedural step in what Hubbard called in his scripture “Scientology Zero.” Hubbard’s idea was to postulate an immoral society, or danger or chaos, and then sell Scientology as a moral or stabilizing influence, or source of calm. See also this 2009 talk “Scientology, the Dangerous Environment Racket.”

Hubbard merchandized chaos and fear and profited from promises of their calming, reduction and erasure, and he got others to do the same. Current Scientology head Miscavige likewise merchandizes chaos and fear, sells the calmness solution to the dangerous environment he postulates and merchandizes, and gets Scientologists everywhere working on his program.

The cult even now calls its Way to Happiness campaign “Operation Planetary Calm.”

The “Way to Happiness British Columbia” web site states the booklet “can help to spread calm across a turbulent world.”

The last page of the’s online booklet reads:

All you have to do is keep The Way to Happiness flowing in the society. Like gentle oil spread upon the raging sea, the calm will flow outward and outward.

The conduct and actions of others affects your own survival.

The Way to Happiness includes helping your contacts and friends.

Begin with close friends and contacts that affect your survival.

Give them The Way to Happiness and several additional copies—so they too can spread the calm outward and outward.

This pocket-size booklet is available in quantities of 12.

Hardback and special gift editions may also be obtained.

Special discounts exist for schools, civic groups, government organizations and businesses as well as other programs allowing for individuals and groups to republish this book for widespread distribution.

For more information contact The Way to Happiness Foundation

In line with TWTH’s purpose of subverting society, Scientology’s public statements of its purpose omit any mention of subversion. E.g., “its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to Man.”

The Way to Happiness Foundation says its mission is “reversing the moral decay in society by restoring trust and honesty in the world through the publication and widespread distribution of The Way to Happiness.”

It’s understandable that Scientology and Scientologists would hide their purpose for TWTH of creating a subversion of our society, because the subversion they intend is so antisocial, and they know it.

“Subvert” has two basic applicable meanings:

1.  to overturn or overthrow from the foundation;

2.  to pervert or corrupt by an undermining of morals, allegiance, or faith

Our society’s foundation is morality, not immorality, and includes all the “moral precepts” Hubbard lists in the Way to Happiness booklet, e.g., truth, trust, respect for religious beliefs. To overturn or overthrow our society from these foundational morals would yield what Scientology and Scientologists actually want:  a society founded, as Scientology is founded, on lies, mistrust, religious ignorance and suppression, and a host of other evils or immoralities.

In 1984, a California State Court issued a judgment in the case of Scientology v. Armstrong, affirmed on appeal in 1991, that addressed Hubbard’s moral standards.

The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder LRH. The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background, and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile.

Hubbard’s immorality and base cynicism  also evidenced throughout Flag ED 2119, and acutely in the reference to the “Messianic buttons.”

Incidently, those on promotion lines will be very interested to know that this property very clearly fills all 9 of the Messianic buttons. The demand for such a code by the public is long term, and “happiness” is a button to be found again and again on surveys.  In short, we have another winner and the value of this property and its widespread use should not be underestimated.

In the 1970’s Hubbard had Scientologists conduct a massive set of surveys to find out what were the qualities people recognized in messiahs. These included, of course, honesty, humanitarianism, justice, etc. which is how Scientologists universally characterize Hubbard, Miscavige, Rathbun, etc. The messiahs’ valuable final product or gift to mankind that Scientologists surveyed was “happiness.”

Hubbard was never going to possess or manifest a messiah’s qualities, or even desire these qualities, because he was a pathological liar, a coward, a malignant narcissist and a sociopath. But he had his Scientologist troops in the organization he controlled promote him as having a messiah’s qualities.

Like Hubbard, David Miscavige is a gargantuan and pathological liar and sociopath. He is a violent man who has physically beaten many people and gleefully ruined many lives. He is also frightfully cynical, promoting himself as messiah with a messiah’s qualities, while remaining a conscienceless tyrant. See also Nancy Many’s book My Billion Year Contract about Scientology’s Messianic Surveys.

Lies have always been mandated and enforced in Scientology under both Hubbard and Miscavige, and telling the truth about the cult’s nature, intentions and activities is punished as “treason.” Indeed, lying is so pervasive in Scientology it has for years been known as the religion’s central sacrament.

Scientology states on its Way to Happiness Foundation site that “the Way to Happiness book sets a standard of conduct for the citizens of the world.”

Yet Scientology and Scientologists will never apply the booklet’s moral precepts to themselves, and will never permit its standard of conduct among themselves.

Scientology and Scientologists seek the advantages that come when everyone else is honest and the cultists still lie, cheat, rip people off, break up families, and destroy basic human rights, including most egregiously freedom of religion. Scientology’s standard of conduct is the standard of conduct of sociopaths.

By remaining willfully and actively immoral – dishonest, untrustworthy, setting a terrible example, harmful of people of good will, etc. — while preaching morality in the world’s “first nonreligious moral code,” Scientology and Scientologists have had some success in undermining morals, allegiance and faith and achieving the perversion or corruption of many individuals and some significant sectors of society.

Scientology and Scientologists cannot but see our society’s members as potential marks. They distribute their Way to Happiness booklets to people who can be conned into believing that Scientologists are as moral as their moral code, or who can be conned into joining in the immorality that is Scientology, and joining in the hand to hand subversion of the moral society they’ve left.

As the Way to Happiness and its exploitation program demonstrate, Scientology and Scientologists are organized to subvert what is honest, upright and just in our society. Consequently, it is honest, upright and just to subvert immoral Scientology and the immoral Scientologists. For the honest, upright and just, Scientology’s subversion, its overturning or overthrowing from its foundation of immorality, is the way to happiness. Happily, it’s also the way to happiness for the Scientologists.