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Check out The Secular Ten Commandments, from the fantastic site, waronfaith.com, written and manned by a former Marine and current "Texas Peace Officer":

The Secular Ten Commandments

Rule 1 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 2 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 3 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 4 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 5 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 6 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 7 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 8 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 9 - Do anything that makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anybody else.

Rule 10 - When in doubt, refer to Rule 1.

Posted by aalkon at January 4, 2005 8:30 AM

Comments

There's one problem with this list -- "hurt" needs to be clarified. If you eliminated any deed that might possibly emotionally hurt someone somewhere, pretty much everything gets ruled out. Plus you never get to disobey your mother.

Posted by: LYT at January 4, 2005 11:45 AM

A while back, I was engaged in a conversation re the ten - mainly useless and/or embarassing - xian commandments. I still reckon all we need are two - the first would be the "golden" rule which has been around for many thousands of years and did NOT originate with xians, i.e. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The second would be Mind Your Own Damn Business.

The first and second rules could only ever be used together and with reference to each other.

How much better the world would be....

Posted by: alice ann at January 4, 2005 1:19 PM

This should have continued from the previous comment but I stuffed it up:

....but you have to love the waronfaith.com. How about this?

"There has never existed in the world anything more intensely vile, contemptuous, and dangerous to freedom, peace and progress as deeply held blind faith in organized religions and holy dogmas. The Christian dominated society of this country has painted a lovely picture of the faithful flock and how deserving faithful people are of praise and respect. Beneath the Xian whitewash is the plain hard truth. If a person treated his children half as cruelly as the supposedly divine and omnibenevolent Judeo-Christian blood god has treated his children, the Christians would be out to give him the death penalty. Does belief in cruel gods create cruel people, or do cruel people simply make their gods in their own likeness?"

Tough but fair...

Posted by: alice ann at January 4, 2005 2:26 PM

LYT's right: Commonsense is pivotal, but there are corners of the floor where it doesn't sweep.

Posted by: Cridland at January 4, 2005 4:41 PM

I visited the links page at thewaronfaith.com, and for some reason I thought of www.catholicshopper.com/. I don't think the rocket scientists behind this site are joking. Check out their Jesus Sports Statues at www.catholicshopper.com/products/inspirational_sport_statues.html

Posted by: Lawaneke at January 4, 2005 5:34 PM

Those commandments are all well and good, but surely one can do better in life than simply not harming...?

Posted by: Jackie D at January 4, 2005 6:30 PM

So it's OK to do stuff that hurts you yourself personally as long as it makes you happy for a while and doesn't hurt anybody else? That's an odd outlook.

Posted by: Richard at January 4, 2005 7:47 PM

Here's Amyism, Jackie:

Be kind, be ethical, live rationally, and "leave the campground better than you found it."

Posted by: Amy Alkon at January 5, 2005 6:29 AM

Here's my ism:

Have as much fun as you can today while being there for the ones you love and while preparing for tomorrow and the days after that.



It's not exactly a unifying theory of a happy life, but it's a start.



Just reread Bertrand Russells, The Conquest of Happiness. If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor - it's BRILLIANT. And, as if he had our sound bite society in mind, it's written in bite-sized chunks.



Also - I've been musing on religion lately. You might find it interesting. www.enlightenedcaveman.com.


Cheers,
EC

Posted by: Chris Wilson at January 5, 2005 8:19 AM