The NXIVM Vision: Creating a rational, ethical world

"Facts are stubborn things;
and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
John Adams

Our primary desire is to help create a data-based, rational and ethical world. It's very simple: factual data exists all around us-it is there for us to gather, and we can do so by merely observing reality. The less factual data with which we sustain our opinions, the more likely we may become invested in them; the more invested we are, the more our disputes on differences of opinion are likely to escalate. Disagreement soon begets conflict, and conflict soon begets war.

If we acknowledge that there exists a consistent, testable reality outside of our personal opinion, we may find a place of common understanding and knowledge. We believe it should be possible for people of all faiths-Christians, Atheists, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, etc.-to live and work together.

Humankind should be able to coexist on this planet in a harmonious fashion. Therefore, we believe the ultimate human morality cannot be based on mysticism. As long as human morality does not have a common denominator, we will probably continue to fight the same wars we have been fighting since the beginning of time.

Do you believe it's possible for humanity to break away from this primitive patterning? We do, and we consider ethics will allow humanity to rise to its noble possibility. That is why we have positioned ourselves as activists of humanitarian ethics-we actively seek to advance ethics in the world.

But what are ethics? Ethics are a system of moral principles or values. "Ethics," according to the American Heritage Dictionary, are "the rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession." Humanitarian ethics, in our understanding, is a consistent code of conduct, a consistent system of thinking that advances the welfare of the human race. We consider that, unless a set of consistent and universal principles exists in which all humans can participate, human civilization may not be able to transcend its destructive patterns and achieve a nobler existence.