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Re: [philosophy-173] The Art of Human Relations

From: Greg
Sent on: Saturday, August 30, 2008 3:32 PM
Dear More,

In writing our "Ten Commandments" Greg and I were being somewhat tongue in cheek.  However, we were striving to make them easy to remember by distilling them down into more succinct and  concise statements.

We are wondering if you and/or others could edit our "Ten Commandments" to improve them?  As we see it, Positive Suggestions are a key ingredient in Constructive Criticism, which is often a vast improvement over criticism alone.

We were, we admit, using the words "Ten Commandments" a bit facetiously, but the words rule and commandment are pretty much synonymous, in our humble opinion.

Best Regards
Terri & Greg

On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 12:38 AM, MoreTeachings <[address removed]> wrote:
Being in management I found the ten simple rules to be right on when dealing with interpersonal issues in the workplace!  I actually use a few of the techniques mentioned in the ten simple rules to solve the issues that arise at work on occasion. These rules can become quite valuable when experience presents itself to be a deficit in highly charged emotional conflicts that pop up.  I do take issue though with the 'leap' backward from the 'ten simple rules for keeping out' to the 'ten commandments of human relations'!  Aren't we (especially as philosophers) a bit more modern than this? Am I to assume that these new 'ten commandments of human relations' were divinely inspired and handed down via electronic mail? I really doubt Professor Wallace and his colleagues were sitting around thinking, "what would Moses do?"  I mean rule #5 of the ten simple rules does state "no moral judgements" correct?  Don't the ten commandments represent a moral clause for man, excuse me, His people of Israel?  The business of having false gods, observing the Sabbath day, adultery, stealing, killing, aren't these moral,religious and personal issues which the professor and his colleagues urge to stay away from?  I also think using the 'ten commandments of human relations' instead of 'ten simple rules' in the workplace maybe a no-no in today's litigious society. Not of course suggesting that the ten simple rules are only for use in the workplace, but come on now, haven't we become more complex enough as beings and in our everyday dealings in modern times? And neither am I suggesting that being a complex being is bad, however should not our leap forward (post Freud) in logical, analytic thinking allow the ten simple rules to stand alone?  Thus I see no need to adulterate the ten simple rules. The rules ar e the 'ten simple rules', not the  'ten complex moral and relig ious clauses' and they are about simplifying all human relationships, can we keep it that way. 


Best Regards
Greg Pettengill

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Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to
make your soul grow." (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [masked])

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