Friday, July 29, 2011
10 Secular Commandments!
Or more truthfully, 10 ideas to live by. This list was given to me by Heretic a couple weeks ago. Looks like it's from The God Delusion and I instantly liked and i thought i would share it with all of you heathens who tackle the mountain of forming your own moral and ethical system to live by. Enjoy.
1 - Do not to others what you would not wan them to do to you.
2 - In all things strive to cause no harm.
3 - Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness, and respect.
4 - Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
5 - Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
6 - Always seek to be learning something new.
7 - Test all things: always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
8 - Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent: always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
9 - Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience: do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
10 - Question everything.
And because i'm betting everyone is thinking what i thought when i read these, here are the origins of some of these:
1 - Confucius - Silver Rule
2 - Possible paraphrase of Hippocrates
10 - Euripedes or Thomas Jefferson paraphrase of question with boldness.
and I'm guessing all the rest our original, or are so paraphrased that they loose any resemblance to the inspiration.