First let's look at the old fashioned set that so many people want festooned on government property to hopefully force everyone to be good, obedient, god-fearing christians.
According to the bible, there are 3 sets of commandments by Moses' god. (see Wikipedia's page here)
Most of these commandments are the words of an angry, jealous, childish god. They aren't helpful, moral or ethical. They don't advance us as a species. In fact they hold us back with threats and superstitions.
So here's my task, which I will gladly share with you:
- Come up with 10 Personal Commandments (you can have 10 or less, and you can call them something besides commandments, if you like)
- These are 10 rules, morals or virtues you set for yourself. You might want to hang them on your wall to remind you, or put them on your desk. You might want to teach them to your children.
- Write them down and take your time with your list. (please leave a comment to let us know you're working on your list though! :) ) I need to have my list by October 11 for our local Morgantown Atheists meeting. So that is a good goal for you to have yours done as well.
- Remember to keep each commandment succinct. That will make it easier to remember.
I'll try to remind you a few times to keep working on your list. Make yourself a note and keep it posted where you'll see it, like on your bathroom mirror, so that you keep it in the back of your mind.
What is important to you? What would you want to teach your children? What rules, morals and virtues matter to you?
On October 12, we'll follow up with a post of your lists as well as my own. So by October 11, email them to me, in succinct list form along with the name you want attached to it to Heaving Dead Cats. Put '10 Commandments' in the subject line to help me out.
Have fun with it. Really think about it. Let us know you're working on your list!