Neece's Principles

Remember awhile ago I asked you to think about a list of your personal 10 commandments? For atheists, we certainly aren't going to look to the bible for our moral guidance, so we have to put in a bit more thought. What rules, morals or virtues do we choose to live by? I decided to call my list principles because it's a better word than commandments.

Principles: a personal or specific basis of conduct or management

Neece's Principles

  1. Treat others as you would like to be treated. (Golden Rule)
  2. Do not treat others as you would not like to be treated. (Silver Rule)
  3. Treat others as they want to be treated, in their best interest. (Platinum Rule, modified by Neece)
  4. Learn from your mistakes, and when possible, learn from the mistakes of others.
  5. Choose your battles.
  6. Be pragmatic
  7. If it harms no one, do what you like. (do no harm) (Wiccan Rede)
  8. Think critically. Think for yourself. Be skeptical. Question everything.
  9. Learn as much as you can. Never stop learning.
  10. Strive to be your best, and to improve yourself whenever possible.
The last 3 might seem a bit wordy or weak. I haven't really decided. So I thought I'd show you what I have so far and see if you have any ideas for what you'd do to the list. I need to have it in perfect working order by Saturday evening, so please let me know what you think soon.


  1. How about....
    Leave the world a better place than when you found it.

  2. The problem with that, is how subjective the word "better" is. Most of all the terrible atrocities were done by people with good intentions thinking they were making the world a better place.

    Although it's certainly a good rule to live by in the general case surely.

  3. I think, upon reflection, it's a good rule of thumb to live by. :)