February 25th, 2007

Ghost Gliders in the Sky

New Ten Commandments

A suggested new list of Ten Commandments, presented as an improved (and nonreligious) alternative to the old Biblical Ten Commandments, and which I found on D.C. Simpson & friends' Bird Brains weblog:

1. Do not do to others what you would not want 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.

I'd say it's a big improvement over all that biblical "I am a jealous God and I shall punish your children to the fourth generation" business, wouldn't you?
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