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Why The Ten Commandments Make Sense To Me

Filed under: Philosophy — Laura Moncur @ 5:25 am
  1.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me: Make up your mind what you believe and stick to it, dammit.
  2.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image: Don’t put your emotions into symbols. It makes you vulnerable when the symbols are mocked or betrayed.
  3.  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain: I have two words for you, baby: Anger Management
  4.  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You need to rest. Recognize that need and the benefits that can be derived from it.
  5.  Honor thy father and mother: They gave birth to you and you owe them your life.
  6.  Thou shalt not kill: Killing another human being diminishes the tribe. Plus, it would really suck if it happened to you.
  7.  Thou shalt not commit adultery: Before there were DNA tests, this made a lot more sense. Now, it’s just a politeness thing.
  8.  Thou shalt not steal: This is another example of doing unto others as you would want done to you.
  9.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor: Lying is harmful to you just as much as it is to those who hear your lie. Living a false life is damaging to your self-esteem and the relationships around you.
  10. Thou shalt not covet: Concentrating on what you do not have is detrimental to your happiness. So much of contentment is found by concentrating on what you do have.

This analysis may seem simple and maybe even flippant, but I’ve found that much of morality is natural law rather than imposed law.


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