God is an Anarchist
The Ten Commandments
Written by Darrell Anderson.
“What you don’t like, don’t do to others; that is the whole Law; the rest is commentary; go and learn!” — Attributed to the Jewish Rabbi Hillel.
Do not trespass against others.
Simple statements providing knowable boundaries.
- You shall have no other gods before me. If you worship your favorite God, then expect other people to do the same. Don’t be surprised if problems arise when people start having “my God is better than your God” arguments, or even starting wars.
- You shall not make any graven images, or bow down to them, or worship them. If you create trinkets and symbols to represent your God, then expect other people to do the same. By definition any “Supreme Being” necessarily must exist outside our own dimensions of existence. Such an entity must be unknowable. Who, then, is correct in what that image should look like?
- You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain. If you expect to rule other humans and justify your falsehoods, illusions, myths, and other “noble causes” under the banner of God, expect other people to do the same to you. Yet, that such an entity called God is unknowable, how can any individual find standing to claim to know what God thinks or knows in order to justify their cause? If you want to kill or steal from others, do so under your own banner, not God’s.
- Remember to keep the Sabbath holy. If you forget to respect your neighbor, then expect others to forget too. Thus, don’t be surprised if your neighbor interrupts your peaceful nap with a lawn mower or your employer requires you to toil on a day you want to go skiing. A “day of rest” is a nice plan, but serves only reciprocating relationships.
- Honor thy father and mother. If you steal from or otherwise trespass against your parents, expect your children and children’s children to one day do the same to you.
- You shall not murder. If you have no respect for the life of other people, expect others to have no respect for yours.
- You shall not steal. If you take from others without their explicit consent, expect them to take from you. Always respect the boundaries of other people — anything less is trespass.
- You shall not commit adultery. Marriage is a contractual relationship. Contracts provide knowable boundaries to guide human actions. When you step outside those boundaries without your partner’s knowledge you open the doors to trespass and violate the knowable boundaries of your contracted partner.
- You shall not bear false witness. If you help rob other people of their possessions through false testimony, then do not be surprised when other people provide false testimony against you.
- You shall not covet thy neighbor’s property. If you desire the possessions of other people, do not be surprised to find other people desiring your possessions. One thing leads to another. To see the results, read the previous nine guidelines.
Treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself. Don’t hide under the color of law. Basically, what goes around comes around. You are free to choose, so choose wisely.
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