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Ten Commandment Alternatives are alternatives to the biblical Ten Commandments. Several alternative versions have been created, and no consensus exists as to a single authoritative version. An alternative to the Ten Commandments was recently popularized by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion.

Examples

Georgia Guidestones

The Georgia Guidestones are large granite blocks that are inscribed with an alternative set of ten commandments.

The God Delusion

The alternative to the Ten Commandments cited by Dawkins in The God Delusion is[1]:

  1. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you
  2. In all things, strive to cause no harm
  3. Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
  4. Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
  5. Live life with a sense of joy and wonder
  6. Always seek to be learning something new
  7. 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.
  8. Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
  9. Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
  10. Question everything

Tellapallet

Another set of ten commandments is[2]:

  1. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you
  2. Preserve things of beauty for future generations to enjoy
  3. Never stop learning and growing
  4. Be tolerant and open-minded
  5. Question authority
  6. Make decisions based on reason and facts, rather than superstition and hope
  7. Tell the truth
  8. Resolve conflicts with dialogue rather than violence
  9. Oppose injustice
  10. Don't discriminate based on race, gender, or religion

Pagan

Another set of alternative commandments[3] is:

  1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
  2. Remain close to the Great Spirit.
  3. Show great consideration for your fellow beings.
  4. Work together for the benefit of all humankind.
  5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
  6. Look after the well-being of mind and body.
  7. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
  8. Be truthful and honest at all times.
  9. Take full responsibility for all your actions
  10. Do what you know to be right.


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