Atheists 10 Commandments
In the article “Behold, atheists’ new Commandments”, CNN 20 December 2015, written by Daniel Burke (http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/19/living/atheist-10-commandments/index.html) the Ten Non-Commandments created by two atheists are discussed. These commandments were compiled when atheists were asked to submit their modern suggestions in the Ten Non-commandments’ contest in the hopes of winning $10 000, if your suggestion was chosen. 13 judges reviewed all 2800 submissions from all around the world and narrowed it down to 10. Below are the Ten Non-Commandments:
- Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
- Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
- The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
- Every person has the right to control of their body.
- God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
- Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
- Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
- We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
- There is no one right way to live.
- Leave the world a better place than you found it.
I find it so contradicting that atheists whose belief is not in God would compile 10 commandments, which is such a religious symbol in my eyes. However, I guess those who are not religious still need something to believe in. This list, whether religious or not, should be applied by everyone. The first commandment states people should have an open mind, a trait that I believe is so lacking in today’s society. People are so set in their beliefs and religions that they often forget that everyone has the right to believe in whatever they choose. Maybe this would decrease some of the conflict happening around the world. These 10 Non-Commandments accurately summarize how we as people should look at the world and how we should behave regardless of our beliefs.