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.

2 comments:

  1. I would add a bit about embracing a restorative form of justice, rather than retributive. The latter only perpetuates harm, and yet has been unrelentingly embraced by various societies throughout history, to their detriment and that of their members. I feel that systems of retributive justice has been the worst blight on humanity in all history.

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  2. Hey, I haven't looked at your blog in centuries, but I am loving this post. No useful input. that's it :)

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