Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Healthy Compassion: Bringing the 10 Commandments Into the 21st Century

These days, shouts go back and forth among certain religious and non religious groups about whether or not one can be moral without religion or a belief in a separate, supreme deity.

In their latest book,  Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-first Century, authors Lex Bayer and John Figdor held a contest in which atheists were asked to offer up to date alternatives to the biblical Ten Commandments.

Here are the winners:

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 of 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.

I offer no opinions on the list; I'm just a messenger. Still, it might be worth the effort to consider the possibility that no one has the Final Answer to anything.
Just a thought...