Photographer: Federico Stevanin
It seems some people fall into the trap of religion when they are looking for something more meaningful in their lives, for example:
* They need moral guidelines and help on how to think ethically.
* They need emotional support and community spirit.
* They need spirituality, and religion offers it in a nice tidy package.
These people “on the edge” are going to slip into the cult of religion if they are not offered an alternative. So, let’s propose some agnostic guidelines to provide support for those looking for more meaning. Let’s beat religion at its own game.
Although we should work to develop our own personal morals and ethics, thinking for ourselves on how to live, it may help some to have a list of “commandments”, or guidelines. For those people who feel the need for guidance or even boundaries, the following list is far more open and rooted in reality than the dogmatic, prehistoric commandments offered by religion.
1. Respect the rights and freedoms of others.
2. Respect your body, but learn to enjoy it, and realise its full potential.
3. Respect your environment and all nature, for the universe is symbiotic and self dependent.
4. Feel not guilty for your thoughts, but take responsibility for your actions.
5. Follow no leader but the leadership of your own mind.
6. Strive for honesty in all that you do. Learn to see the truth in all things – do not be misled by emotion, but recognise its guidance.
7. To live a life of purpose, find what you love, and strive to become the best you can at it.
8. Do not waste the gifts of consciousness: creativity, humour, and ingenuity.
9. Know that everything you believe may be wrong and allow it to be challenged. Learning that you are wrong is not a sign of weakness, but a step towards growth.
10. Understand that this list is just a guide and that you are free to live how you wish.