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07-09-2014, 07:26 PM
Your own ten commandments
I took the lessons I've learned as an atheist, realizing morality is created with (hopefully) thinking minds. I'm raising a teenage daughter and I realized having a list of life principles makes it easier for them to develop a good moral compass. Of course, I've had the infamous 10 commandments (both versions) crammed down my throat as a kid, and I've seen them masterfully deconstructed by Aaron Ra and Matt Dillahunty. Knowing the weaknesses of the infamous 10, and using best principles from numerous religious and secular sources, anyone can come up with life principles, so here are the ones I revealed to my daughter:

Life principles:
1. Don’t hurt yourself or others.
2. Treat others with respect and compassion - Don’t be demeaning or insulting to people, face-to-face or online.
3. Try to understand people’s point of view and try to respect that point of view.
4. Try to let people live their own lives, try not to control them, be a friend when they need you.
5. Try to learn new things to help and improve yourself, try to use your knowledge to help others.
6. Take time to do constructive and creative things every day.
7. Think about a positive future and how you can achieve positive goals.
8. Try to talk to the right people about your feelings, think about how to communicate those feelings.
9. Surround yourself with good, positive people.
10. Have a peaceful attitude to accept how things are, not how you wish them to be.

I know some of these can be condensed into others, but I had to make it clear to my teenage daughter.

So thanks Bhudda, for that last one. Nothing earth shattering, but doing this you realize just how easy it is to come up with rules to live by. How preposterous that we've ceded the creation of morality to those that have lied to us about gods for thousands of years.

So there you go, I've done better than Jesus or Mohammad (I think) so leave your donations in the bucket on the way out. Big Grin

So what would your ten principles be?

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08-09-2014, 10:38 AM
RE: Your own ten commandments
A question that arises- is it enough that there are just social consequences to violating any set of principles.
Do you need the threat of a hell or angry god to get you to obey such principles? Wouldn't a rational appeal to the consequences be enough?

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08-09-2014, 10:57 AM
RE: Your own ten commandments
We only have one.
Stark's Commandment.

Don't be a dick.

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10-09-2014, 01:07 AM
RE: Your own ten commandments
1) Be intellectually honest in all that you think and reason.

2) Don't be a dick unless it's warranted.

3) Never waste a beer.

4) Be honest. Even if it hurts.

5) When you make a promise, keep it.

6) Don't make promises you can't keep.

7) Learn from your mistakes and apply what you learn in the future.

8) A Lanister always pays his debts.

9) If someone is in need and you are able to assist, do so to the best of your ability.

10) Sacrifice anything - even your very life - for those you love if presented the opportunity.


I have broken all of these.

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10-09-2014, 06:15 AM
RE: Your own ten commandments
I only have one.

Do on to others as you would have them do on to you.

It covers everything.
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10-09-2014, 06:55 AM (This post was last modified: 10-09-2014 09:01 AM by DLJ.)
RE: Your own ten commandments
1. Never breach a contract

2. Do not induce others to breach a contract

3. Don't be late.

4. Take risks

5. Don't take risks

6. Leave 'em smiling

7. For any question, "It depends..." is the answer.

8. Know what "it depends" on.

9. Optimise your resources.

10. A gentleman never leaves without paying

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10-09-2014, 12:06 PM
RE: Your own ten commandments
(08-09-2014 10:57 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  We only have one.
Stark's Commandment.

Don't be a dick.

Amen brother.

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10-09-2014, 12:09 PM
RE: Your own ten commandments
(10-09-2014 06:15 AM)wazzel Wrote:  I only have one.

Do on to others as you would have them do on to you.

It covers everything.

Not to be argumentative, but I've always thought The Golden Rule is kinda selfish. I mean, wouldn't it be better to treat others the way they would like to be treated? For example, just because you like football doesn't mean you should by me tickets to a Packers game. Knowhatimean?

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10-09-2014, 12:16 PM
RE: Your own ten commandments
(10-09-2014 12:09 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  
(10-09-2014 06:15 AM)wazzel Wrote:  I only have one.

Do on to others as you would have them do on to you.

It covers everything.

Not to be argumentative, but I've always thought The Golden Rule is kinda selfish.
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Yabut... that wasn't the golden rule.

Wazzy wants to do on to you. Not unto.

I think it's something to do with mutual hair styling.

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10-09-2014, 12:20 PM
RE: Your own ten commandments
(10-09-2014 12:16 PM)DLJ Wrote:  
(10-09-2014 12:09 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  Not to be argumentative, but I've always thought The Golden Rule is kinda selfish.
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Yabut... that wasn't the golden rule.

Wazzy wants to do on to you. Not unto.

I think it's something to do with mutual hair styling.

Drinking Beverage

Yabut... Who are you? Drinking Beverage

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