The Ten Commandments are a bit off, so I decided year or so ago to rewrite them. Lex Bayer and John Figdor beat me to the finish line though, and wrote a book too!
In “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart – Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century,” the authors show that atheism is not just reactionary and is a positive worldview. Ethics from culture, logic and evidence, not from religion.
Obviously they have too much time on their hands… Anyways, their version reads more like a list of beliefs than commandments, but it has some great stuff, like “All our beliefs are subject to change in the face of new evidence, including these.” Because 2000 years from now, who knows what will have happened or what we will have discovered? Assuming we know it all now would be ridiculous.
These are my Ten Requests, a “bible” for humanity. Therefore, very simple… They may change in the future, but for now, here is my best shot.
1. BE NICE
Seriously, this shouldn’t need an explanation. To animals too.
2. THINK OF OTHERS
When my child asks why I am annoyed about someone’s actions, the answer is almost always that the person is being self-centered.
3. BE TOLERANT
People make mistakes, and people have ideas other than yours. As long as they are not hurting anyone, allow this.
4. ACT SUSTAINABLY
We only get one planet. Let’s try to keep it in one piece.
5. HELP OTHERS
Because it is the right thing to do
6. STAY HEALTHY – IN YOUR MIND AND BODY
We only get one life. Live it to its fullest.
7. ASK QUESTIONS
Intellectual curiosity got us where we are. Keep it up.
8. DO NOT ABUSE ANY POWER YOU MAY HAVE
Spiderman’s uncle Ben got it right – with great power comes great responsibility
We do not need every new phone, toy, etc. that comes out. We are wasting our natural resources.
10. HAVE FUN
There is no rehearsal, you only get one life. Live it.
To sum it all up: DON’T BE A DICK!
The authors of “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart” are also sponsoring a contest where you can submit a “belief,” called the ReThink Prize. Devout-Atheist.com has submitted our Ten Requests (though each had to be done separately).
Vote for us at the Rethink Prize! Just search for devout and ours will come up. Winning would be nice, because selling t-shirts does NOT cover the bills. Trust me.
Let us know if you post your own!