Thursday, May 26, 2016


1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
4. Every person has the right to control their body.
5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
9. There is no one right way to live.
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

When you use consensus, reason and experience (as a human being living today) to work out what makes for a better society rather than superstition, sectarianism and ancient myths, you tend to end up with a more humane and relevant set of commandments than those on offer from the current set of leading theism's. The above list won a competition on CNN to find the best set of "non-commandments" for atheists and humanists. I can think of a few specific things I'd want to add to this list, as some of the items are rather subjective but broadly it's a decent list; certainly better than the commandments that can be found in the Bible, which, let's face it are largely about grovelling to that jealous, vengeful psychopath Yahweh rather than living a good life.

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