Jul 02 2007

My kind of commandments.

I think that most people who know me or read this site realize that I am not religious. I do not believe in gods or that anyone is my savior. However, I do not want to give the impression that I don’t believe in anything or am lacking a “moral code” or some such thing.

I recently read the following in a post on another site, though I know that it did not originate from that person, either. This does not cover everything I live by, obviously, but I also can agree with and strive to live by each of the following:

First Commandment: Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

Second Commandment: In all things, strive to cause no harm.

Third Commandment: Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.

Fourth Commandment: Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.

Fifth Commandment: Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.

Sixth Commandment: Always seek to be learning something new.

Seventh Commandment: 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.

Eighth Commandment: Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.

Ninth Commandment: Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.

Tenth Commandment: Question everything.