As a caveat, before I share the next set of quotes, I need say am not sharing them so that you believe them, not in the very least! I know some of the thoughts he expresses have been superseded by time and for the non-believer like me, they appear to be cow dung. My aim is for us to have a glimpse of how members of how species have tried to answer the questions of why things are as they are. There are those who created gods, for which we suffer to date or rather, a great percentage of the planet’s population suffers under bondage and still a great number are exploited by pastors, priests and mullahs. The Buddha, and whoever his disciples were, developed a godless philosophy, a way of living that is earth bound, that asks us to live a good life just as Epicurus in his many writings advised that we live a good life, so that if there are gods, they will be proud of us or something to that effect. So take the quotes with a grain of salt and while at it, yours truly would like to hear your thoughts.
With that out of the way, below, is what can only be described as ten commandments.
- Kill not; but have regard for life
- steal not, neither do ye rob; but help everybody to be master of the fruits of his labour
- Abstain from impurity, and lead a life of chastity
- Lie not, but be truthful. Speak the truth with discretion, fearlessly and in a loving heart
- Invent not evil reports, neither do you repeat them, Carp not, but look for the good sides of your fellow-beings, so that ye may with sincerity defend them against their enemies
- Swear not, but speak decently and with dignity
- Waste not the time with gossip, but speak to the purpose or keep silence
- Covet not, nor envy, but rejoice at the fortunes of other people
- Cleanse your heart of malice and cherish no hatred, not even against your enemies but embrace all living beings with kindness
- Free your mind of ignorance and be anxious to learn the truth, especially in the one thing that is needful