Humanist Ten Commandments

[Lifted from the Humanist Network News as posted by Christian Hagen]

At a summit of Nobel Peace award winners in Warsaw, Polish Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa called for a “secular Ten Commandments,” a guide for universal values that transcend religious beliefs. The response has been a heated debate among secularists about what could constitute such a guide. And while some have criticized the idea for being too dogmatic, others have embraced the notion of a set of rules which might bridge the gap between evangelicals and nonbelievers.

HumanismThus we propose herein to provide such a list, a Humanist Ten Commandments, that it might serve to aid those questioning the moralities of the universe regardless of their religious belief or nonbelief. Many of the ideas behind these commandments are inspired by the tenets of humanism, as outlined in the Humanist Manifesto, and by the Kochhar Humanist Education Center’s “Ten Commitments.”

First, though, it must be said that the idea of a secular Ten Commandments should best be viewed not as a set of rigid, unbreakable rules (for what punishment should a humanist fear from breaking them?). Rather, these should be read more as strongly-worded suggestions for living, the kinds of ideas that, if everyone followed them, might make the world a better place all around.

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Breaking Bad

Breaking BadFirst a disclaimer:  I have not watched a single episode of Breaking Bad and suspect I never will.

But I have read in and around the news relating to this popular television serial and I also have some experience with similar narratives in books, films, and occasionally on television (or reporting about television). So if you are a regular viewer of Breaking Bad, I invite you to read this thoughtful article from the Humanist Network News.

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Good Without God

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

This is from the web site of the American Humanist Association. There is a great deal of interesting and eye-opening stuff at this site and well worth a visit.