The first four concern (poly)theism, and are therefore completely useless.
Killing (capital punishment?), telling the truth (evolution?), and stealing (capitalism?) are hardly novel human precepts.
Adultery alone ignores spousal abuse, among other things, and is hardly on a plane with taking a human life.
'Honor thy father and thy mother...' plays very well with a person whose parents where both alcoholics.
Last, but not least, is that great twenty first century word 'covet'. I affirm that I have not only never coveted my neighbor's man or maid servants, but I have never lived in a neighborhood where there were same. 'Covet' my neighbors ass? If she has a nice one, I have and I will. This is on a plane with taking a human life?
---- Maude <[address removed]> wrote:
> Exactly!!!!! I don't think the 10 commandments are bad. They are common
> sense for the most part if one is looking at a civilization that doesn't run
> amok. Buddhist precepts are extremely similar and I think, much more
> stringent-right speech, right action, non-killing (which extends to any sentient being
> including the spider who makes a web behind my toilet-so I clean around its
> web) and implies vegetarianism which I don't do so well at, abstinance from
> intoxicants (um, yeah well I like wine----ohhhhh and I smoke), and on it goes but
> they are pretty much basically the same.
> The difference is, I don't believe some divinity is judging my progress. I
> just need to examine myself, see how I am doing, and make the changes
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