Honoring Fathers With the Way to Happiness

Precept 5 of The Way to Happiness: Honor and Help your Parents

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee celebrated Father's Day by pointing out the importance of honoring one's parents.

“Honor and Help Your Parents” is one of 21 precepts of the common-sense guide to better living, The Way to Happiness. The importance of fathers and their role in society prompted volunteers from The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee to share this booklet with the community as a Father’s Day gift to parents and children alike.

The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s, invites and promotes responsibility for one’s fellow man across neighborhoods, communities and the world.

“This book spreads a calm that is unparalleled by anything else. It contains common sense moral messages that anyone can agree with and apply,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, Pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology and regional coordinator for The Way to Happiness Association.

One of the booklet’s precepts is “Honor and Help Your Parents.”

"From a child’s point of view, parents are sometimes hard to understand.

"There are differences between generations. But truthfully, this is no barrier. When one is weak, it is a temptation to take refuge in subterfuges and lies: it is this which builds the wall.

"Children can reconcile their differences with their parents. Before any shouting begins, one can at least try to talk it over quietly. If the child is frank and honest, there cannot help but be an appeal that will reach. It is often possible to attain a compromise where both sides now understand and can agree. It is not always easy to get along with others but one should try.

"One cannot overlook the fact that almost always, parents are acting from a very strong desire to do what they believe to be best for the child.

"Children are indebted to their parents for their upbringing — if the parents did so. While some parents are so fiercely independent that they will accept no return on the obligation, it is nevertheless true that there often comes a time when it is the turn of the younger generation to care for their parents.

"In spite of all, one must remember that they are the only parents one has. And as such, no matter what, one should honor them and help them.

"The way to happiness includes being on good terms with one’s parents or those who brought one up."

The Way to Happiness was written in 1981. Immensely popular since its first publication, the campaign has been embraced by more than 250,000 groups and individuals, with some 115 million copies distributed in 115 languages in 186 nations.  

Source: The Way to Happiness Association