In Richard Dawkins book “The God Delusion” he cites ten new commandments which he simply found on the internet. Dawkins book and Sam Harris’s “Letter to a Christian Nation” are excellent starters for the concepts of this web-site. they form of a foundation of reason which is essential to combat delusional thinking. However I disagree with Dawkins on his basics premises on “Zeitgeist” and “Why there probably is no God?”. For me there probably will be a struggle to be gods in the world of spirit just as there has been a struggle in our materialist world for power, before democracy emerged. Unfortunately, my experience, which you may begin to understand if you have read the rest of this site, is that the world of spirit can be used to control the thinking of souls in the material world. So even democracy, where we appear to have free choice, must be in question, but all is not hopeless if more souls learn how to enter the spiritual world while alive, full of compassion and learning to love.
But to return to the new commandments, I think they are good, as are the four Dawkins adds and I quote them all here:
- Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you
- In all things strive to cause no harm
- Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living beings and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect
- Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
- Live life with a sense of joy and wonder
- Always seek to be learning something new
- Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them
- Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
- Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourslef to be led blindly by others.
- Question everything.
- Enjoy your own sex life, (so long as it harms no one else), and leave others to enjoy their sex life in private, whatever their inclinations, which are none of your business.
- Do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or, as far as possible, species.
- Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence and how to disagree with you.
- Value the future on a time scale longer than your own.
I can also make brief comments on these. The first three are the nature of the Buddhism I have tried to describe in various areas of this web-site and in that sense are important to me.
The fourth is relevant to Muslims and Christians but is suspect because evil is a subjective issue and, I am sure that in ancient history, it is probable that everyone alive owes their existence to someone who has committed an act which may be thought of as evil from one standpoint or another. In fact Buddha cautions against seeking justice either as a policeman or in the military. It is a difficult area to ponder.
The next is a beautiful combination that could form the basis of the Buddho-Darwinism this site advocates. the Buddha is in living life with joy, the pleasure of rational enquiry is in living life with wonder.
The next five I would lump together as the Darwinist aspects of this web-site. They are about seeking truths in science and about how to pursue them. But again be careful that you do exclude the first three commandments by being obsessed with evidence for a need to do something.
The next three describe how we can achieve a utopian society based on reason and compassion
The last is especially relevant in dismissing those who may say in the decades to come, “Why should I worry about global warming, I will be dead a long time before the cataclysm.” It encapsulates an attitude we must all adopt if the beauty of this planet is to be preserved, ( see also the science fiction pages comparing the Daleks and Star Trek)