At school last week, we were asked to create a ‘Code of Conduct for Society’, using the Decalogue as a starting point. I came up with eight, and am recording them here. I think it would be interesting to look back in a few years and see how my personal ‘Code of Conduct’ has changed!
- Treat everyone respectfully, and as you would wish to be treated.
- Do not act in anger, or in hatred. Wait until you have calmed down and can think rationally.
- Prize contentment over pleasure. Understand that you are happier after you have worked hard for something, than if you have not.
- Have compassion. Be kind to everyone, whether you know them or not. If you think the best of them, often they will live up to it.
- Do not grasp at ‘soundbites’. Your first impression of someone is generally not accurate. You know that you can’t be summed up in 30 seconds, so why should they?
- Do not be racist, sexist, xenophobic, or intolerant in any way of difference. The lottery of characteristics should not define anyone.
- Listen to views and opinions that are different from yours. Listen to understand, and don’t be preparing your answer while they’re speaking.
- Form your thoughts and judgements carefully, basing them on a combination of fact and feeling. Do not go to the extremes of either being wholly rational or wholly emotional.
What ‘commandment’ would you add to this list?