Every culture in every age has relied upon a moral code to promote positive, constructive conduct and discourage destructive, harmful acts. Though some of these codes might not seem applicable in the 21st century, they were entirely relevant when first conceived. Oftentimes, they had direct bearing on matters of health and survival, helping to perpetuate the family, the group and the nation. They also provided a means by which individuals would uphold the ideals of honesty and mutual trust.
But as times changed, these various codes of conduct have been challenged and abandoned --- but not replaced. Many people have been left adrift in our rapidly changing society, with no moral compass to help guide behaviour, and thus the survival potential and general mood of society has continued to deteriorate.
Just as all past cultures relied on a strong moral basis for their assured survival and happiness, so too does our own culture today desperately call out for such a basic code, one by which we may live with decency and honour.
L. Ron Hubbard was keenly aware of this in 1980 when he observed that our world lacked any modern moral guide and that, as a result, man was far more prone to a joyless existence. Best known as the founder of the Scientology religion, Mr. Hubbard brought a number of solutions to the world from a purely humanitarian perspective.
(See “L. Ron Hubbard — the Author”.) And in this instance — quite apart from his religious works — he saw the need for a code of conduct not tied to any particular religion, whether in content or use.
Thus he wrote The Way to Happiness, a common-sense guide to happier living. It carries no other appeal than the good sense it makes to the individual who reads it.