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“Needless to say, ethics is a subject that Scientology takes very seriously. As he moves up the Bridge (The Bridge to Total Freedom, the path of Scientology) and becomes more and more himself, he likewise grows more ethical, but he also views it as a matter of personal responsibility that extends well beyond this life. For unlike the materialist who believes death to be an end to life, conscience and accountability, the Scientologist sees it as a transition through which one carries his past—a past for which one continues to be accountable. He also knows that the abilities he is regaining were, in part, lost because of transgressions and irresponsibilities. Thus, honesty, integrity, trust and concern for his fellows are more than just words. They are principles to live by.” (The Scientology Handbook, 1994: xxvi)

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