It’s a new year and we’re marching onwards to whatever comes next.
This got me thinking about resolutions, as it does every year. I personally tend not to make them, most don’t keep them anyway right?!
But I do want the new year to feel inspirational and as motivation to do better. Part of my brain reminded me of an article I had seen in December, so I dug it out.
atheistmindhumanistheart.com ran a competition called ReThink to crowdsource a secular version of the commandments. I think what they came up with are some pretty good guidelines, and ones I already try to live up to. I wanted to share them so more people have the chance to see them, and perhaps they’ll be something to keep in mind when making your resolutions.
These are the commandments the competition produced:
I. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
II. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
III. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
IV. Every person has the right to control over their body.
V. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
VI. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
VII. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
VIII. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
IX. There is no one right way to live.
X. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
Thousands of submissions and votes came from all over the world. You can see the article here at marketwired.
The winners provided reasons for their submissions and you can read those here at atheistmindhumanistheart.com.
As for me, I’ll continue to keep these commandments in mind. I don’t know what this year will bring, but I can almost guarantee more photography and blogging!
Though the winners that provided 6, 8 and 10 didn’t have this reason for suggesting the commandments, I see them as including animals and ecosystems. I will of course be continuing with my wildlife garden, supporting charities and trying to be green where ever I can.
Happy new year everyone.