The Ten Demandments
- There are no gods. Religion was created as a way to try to explain mysteries and to control primitive people. Modern civilization has science to take care of the mysteries, and primitive civilizations continue to exist either of their own volition or of their own ignorance. Instead of observing gods, we should give our attention to love for our families and friends, artistic creativity as well as intelligence and the knowledge and technological innovation it continues to provide us. Those things sustain us.
- Just as there are no gods, there is no heaven, nor is there a hell. Heaven and hell were created by the same notions that created gods. If there were gods to be in charge of us, then there had to be rules we had to follow. If we followed the rules, we deserved a reward; if we did not follow the rules, we deserved a punishment. Since there is no proof that gods exist, there is no proof that heaven and hell exist.
- Each of us is responsible for our own actions. Don’t blame someone else because things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. Since there are no gods, there is no divine plan to predetermine our lives. Speak honestly and live with purpose.
- The universe was not created in six days so that the seventh could be observed as a day of rest during which we should worship god(s). One day is no different — or more special — than any other. Any day is as good as the others to put aside time for thinking, meditation and rest.
- Nobody deserves respect unless they’ve demonstrated they deserve it. If you want to be respected, show respect.
- Life is not sacred; it’s a cosmologic fluke. We should consider ourselves lucky to be alive. It’s up to us to make the most — physically and emotionally — of the time we have.
- When you make a promise to someone, keep it.
- If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.
- Tell the truth so people will know you’re not full of shit.
- Dreams and aspirations are fine, but in the end, dwelling on them will take you away from the fact that you have bills to pay. Focus on reality.