Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Commandments or whatever 

Actually I don't like the term 'Commandments' as in the 'Ten Commandments'. Too much of the 'Naughty Step' school of spiritual discipline in that, and I am much more at home with the Quaker Advices and Queries set out for 'the Comfort and Discomfort of Friends'.

However this 'First Nations*' Ten Commandments came across my cyberbrowsing screen today and I like it better than some.

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect!
Remain close to the Great Spirit
Show great respect for your fellow beings
Work together for the benefit of all humanity!
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed
Do what you know to be right
Look after the well-being of mind and body
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good
Be truthful and honest at all times
Take full responsiblity for your actions.....

*First nations otherwise known as 'Indians' in a North American context

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