Ten Humanist Commandments


1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings, in all places and in all circumstances.

2- Respect the life and property of others at all times.

3- Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.

4- Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help.

5- Use neither lies, nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others.

6- Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life’s problems, avoiding superstitions, which numb the mind and are an obstacle to thinking for oneself.

7- Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment – land, soil, water, air and space – as humankind’s common heritage.

8- Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.

9- Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.

10- Develop one’s intelligence and talents through education and effort, in order to reach fulfillment and happiness, for the betterment of humanity and of future generations.

Source: Global Ethics

8 thoughts on “Ten Humanist Commandments

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  2. Nine of your 10 commandments are compatible with the Trader Principle.

    “The symbol of all relationships among rational men, the moral symbol of respect for human beings, is the trader. We, who live by values, not by loot, are traders, both in matter and in spirit. A trader is a man who earns what he gets and does not give or take the undeserved. A trader does not ask to be paid for his failures, nor does he ask to be loved for his flaws. A trader does not squander his body as fodder or his soul as alms. Just as he does not give his work except in trade for material values, so he does not give the values of his spirit—his love, his friendship, his esteem—except in payment and in trade for human virtues, in payment for his own selfish pleasure, which he receives from men he can respect. The mystic parasites who have, throughout the ages, reviled the traders and held them in contempt, while honoring the beggars and the looters, have known the secret motive of their sneers: a trader is the entity they dread—a man of justice.”

    Ayn Rand from Galt’s Speech, For the New Intellectual, 133.

  3. Good list. No need to assume atheism for that, though it makes me wonder on what basis you can make #1? Where does inherent worth come from (if we are but lumps of carbon)?
    Does ‘all places and circumstances’ include the womb?
    (I don’t mean to presume your stance on this, I ask sincerely)

  4. Your 10 Commandments reminds me of the Exodus story that xtians tend to ignore. More likely they’ve never read it. If the fundy politicians want to put the 10 Commandments in a courthouse. I say they use the second set. It did come directly from god.

    First Tablets of Stone (Exodus 20)
    Which Moses broke upon seeing Aaron’s Golden Calf.
    EX 20:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot,
    and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

    First set as follows
    1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.
    2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.
    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
    4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    5. Honor your father and your mother.
    6. You shall not kill.
    7. You shall not commit adultery.
    8. You shall not steal.
    9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    10.You shall not covet.(Your neighbor, his ass, his wife’s ass, etc.)

    Moses returns to God and says “sorry, got angry and tripped”
    God says, “No problem, bring me two more tablets and I’ll xerox the ones you broke.
    “Do you remember what the first set said?”, God asks Moses.
    “Fuck it, never mind. I’ll make another set just like the first.” (Steve’s Translation)

    Second Tablets of Stone (Exodus 34:1)
    EX 34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first:
    and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

    The Second set as follows (just like the first remember 😉
    1. Thou shalt worship no other god (For the Lord is a jealous god).
    2. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
    3. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep in the month when the ear is on the corn.
    4. All the first-born are mine.
    5. Six days shalt thou work, but on the seventh thou shalt rest.
    6. Thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first fruits of the wheat harvest,
    7. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread.
    8. The fat of my feast shall not remain all night until the morning.
    9. The first of the first fruits of thy ground thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God.
    10. Thou shalt not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

    “Say what you will about the Ten Commandments,
    you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”
    -HL Mencken
    (Mencken was kind-of right, the top ten list is the most popular, but there are over 600 in total)

    “In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case
    gotten at second hand, and without examination.”
    -Mark Twain

    Second Tables of Stone (Exodus 34)
    (“the words that were on the first”)

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