I am re-posting this only because I think that everyone, regardless their beliefs or lack of them, should live by these rules.


1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings, in all places and in all circumstances.

2- Respect the life and property of others at all times.

3- Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.

4- Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help.

5- Use neither lies, nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others.

6- Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life’s problems, avoiding superstitions, which numb the mind and are an obstacle to thinking for oneself.

7- Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment – land, soil, water, air and space – as humankind’s common heritage.

8- Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.

9- Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.

10- Develop one’s intelligence and talents through education and effort, in order to reach fulfillment and happiness, for the betterment of humanity and of future generations.

Source: Global Ethics

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Comment by Lord Atheist on November 20, 2009 at 12:54pm
Comment by Apple on November 20, 2009 at 1:06pm
The word "commandments" is used on purpose in jest, but the meaning within is serious. I like it.
Comment by Andrew J on November 20, 2009 at 5:11pm
I would rewrite number 8 to say:

"Exhaust every means to resolve differences and conflict without violence or wars."

I say this because unfortunately, violence is necessary to stop others from doing evil when all others means have been tried to stop it. If Europe had destroyed Hitler instead of appeasing him throughout the 30's, it would have spared the world a great deal of pain. I feel as if we are heading down the same road with Iran and North Korea. Lunatics with nukes=very bad things. Additionally, societies that refuse to include force as an option in their defense will always be absorbed by those that will.
Comment by Joshua McGee on December 10, 2009 at 3:35pm
Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment – land, soil, water, air and space – as humankind’s common heritage.

This points to one of the flaws of a humanist outlook, I believe. Our natural environment is all of life's common heritage. Animals are not "natural environment" -- they're life -- and "humanist", almost by definition, equals "speciesist". Dawkins and Singer would agree with me on this (those are aff. links -- if TA has a Associates ID, mods are welcome to edit it.)

But otherwise quite lovely -- even if #8 is unsettling.


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