1. Thou shalt not commit or threaten violence upon any individuals, except in self-defence (or in the defence of others) and when all other alternatives, including fleeing the scene, have been exhausted.
2. Thou shalt not torture, torment, victimise or cause undue psychological distress to any living creature.
3. Thou shalt make all political decisions based on verifiable evidence.
4. Thou shalt educate children via a depiction of the most up to date scientific and historical evidence.
5. Thou shalt afford equal civil rights to all, regardless of skin colour, nation, faith, gender or sexual preference.
6. Thou shalt not quantify concern on the basis of skin colour, nation, faith, gender or sexual preference.
7. Thou shalt not judge integrity on the basis of skin colour, nation, faith, gender or sexual preference.
8. Thou shalt provide accurate sexual health information to all, regardless of any religious or political affiliations.
9. Thou shalt form judicial decisions based on verifiable evidence, and out of concern for societal protection and individual rehabilitation, as opposed to an emotive desire for retribution.
10. Thou shalt provide medical assistance subject only to need and available resources, and not with reference to any other prejudices or financial inquisitions.
I thought it worth including the original ten, or at least I should say, the most commonly quoted list – the first one (there are actually a few different versions in the bible):
1. I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 2. Thou shalt not make for thyself a carved image; Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God. 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honour thy father and thy mother. 6. Thou shalt not murder. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s.
Clearly the first five, and number ten are utterly irrelevant to living a happy, peaceful life. Numbers six and eight are correct in essence of course but require some context – which I have tried to provide in numbers one and two respectively of my own list. Number seven is certainly a sound piece of advice but I think it is questionable as to whether it deserves a top ten spot. By far the wisest is number nine (given that most societies have recognised the wisdom of refraining from stealing and murdering) and it informed the wording of my own ninth.