After having thought about it for a long time, and having no respect for the
biblical 10 commandments I am going to post 10 for a secular society
that have far more relevance and meaning than the bibles ever did.

10. Determine what is moral by using your own brain and this simple tenet. Does this action cause harm?

9. Do not buy into any dogmatic belief. Dogma keeps you from making morality decisions.

8. Question everything. Have a healthy respect for evidence and always keep an open mind about your beliefs in case they are wrong.

7. Seek knowledge and recognize that education is the key to understanding. Do not ignore contrary evidence, to the contrary, you
should explore it.

6. Do not do to others as you would not want them to do to you.

5. Live each day with joy and wonder.

4. Exercise, and stay healthy.

3. Never be silent in the face of wrong doing. Evil requires nothing but that good men stay silent.

2. Be truthful, even if it is inconvenient and uncomfortable.

1. Do not take these commandments as authoritarian.

It all boils down to "Don't be an ass"

Maybe we should call them 10 Secular suggestions for good and moral living.

Certainly better than the bibles, and less open to harmful interpretation.

What do YOU think?

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Comment by J Burgoyne on May 19, 2010 at 7:36am
The words faith and belief are misused. Faith IS belief. The problem is that they use that term instead of superstition.

If your "beliefs" are not informed by evidence, then they aren't really beliefs. They are superstitions.
Comment by euphoricme on April 15, 2010 at 2:53am
I think its pretty fucking pathetic that people need such obvious rules to live by. Someone needs to tell me I shouldn't kill people? (Bible rules)

I would like to say yours are an upgrade... But most dogs should live by your upgraded, much more sensible rules.

My problem is, that for me things are so intuitively obvious that if I try to explain to someone something like "seek knowledge" I can only feel as though I am talking down to them, because to me, who doesn't seek knowledge? It would be like telling someone to drink water when they are thirsty.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on April 14, 2010 at 9:40pm
keep an open mind about your beliefs
I try to avoid the word belief and prefer 'convictions' instead -a trivial point but belief is to close to faith.
The 10 Secular "Guidelines" you posit are certainly preferable to the theist's list of demands.

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