POST #34: Isabel’s Eight Commandments

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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!

  1. Treat everyone respectfully, and as you would wish to be treated.
  2. Do not act in anger, or in hatred. Wait until you have calmed down and can think rationally.
  3. Prize contentment over pleasure. Understand that you are happier after you have worked hard for something, than if you have not.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. Do not be racist, sexist, xenophobic, or intolerant in any way of difference. The lottery of characteristics should not define anyone.
  7. Listen to views and opinions that are different from yours. Listen to understand, and don’t be preparing your answer while they’re speaking.
  8. 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?

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