Monday, May 09, 2005

A Humanist Code of Ethics

Humanism gets a bad rap for being a godless, atheistic and morally relative set of values that has invaded our society, especially our schools. Some People are really exercised about it. I don't understand why anyone would object to morality. Morality is good, regardless of the tradition from which it springs. I wouldn't mind living in a world where people adhered to the code of ethics outlined below.

From Ian Zatlin's bar mitzvah program via Jonathan:.

A Humanist Code of Ethics

Do no harm to the earth, she is your mother.
Being is more important than having.
Never promote yourself at another's expense.
Hold life sacred; treat it with reverence.
Allow each person the dignity of his or her labor.
Open your home to the wayfarer.
Be ready to receive your deepest dreams;
Sometimes they are the speech of unblighted conscience.
Always make restitutions to the ones you have harmed.
Never think less of yourself than you are.
Never think that you are more than another.

Arthur Dobrin

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