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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Maxims for Better living

There has been a rather lively debate over on the Whatever (John Scalzi) blog. It ensued over some comments being made about his views on religion and his stance on explaining Christmas to his daughter. The argument (if you could call it that) prompted John to write seven Maxims for Non-Believers:

1. Being a non-believer does not mean you have to be intolerant of those who believe.

2. Being a non-believer does not mean you have to be ignorant of the beliefs of those around you.

3. Being a non-believer doesn't mean you need to keep your children ignorant of the beliefs around you either. Withholding information from your children is a very bad way to help them make responsible decisions.

4. Being a non-believer does not mean you can't empathize with the religious impulse in others.

5. Being tolerant of belief, knowledgeable about beliefs and empathetic toward the desire for belief does not make one less of a non-believer. It makes one tolerant, knowledgeable and empathetic.

6. I believe that my tolerance, knowledge and empathy makes my own non-belief stronger, because I know why other people believe, and why I don't.

7. I believe that in being tolerant, knowledgeable and empathetic toward believers, I encourage those who believe to be tolerant, knowledgeable and empathetic toward me.

After reading these words that inspire tolerance, a commenter (Devin Ganger) was so moved that he sat down and crafted seven Maxims for Believers:

1. Being a believer does not give me cause to be intolerant of those who do not share my beliefs.

2. Being a believer does not make it acceptable to be ignorant of others' beliefs or lack thereof.

3. Being a believer does not make it acceptable to keep my children ignorant of the beliefs around me, nor do I need to hide from them the fact that many choose not to believe. My beliefs are not as valuable as I think if I can only successfully pass them by encouraging ignorance and committing acts of omission.

4. Because I am a believer who values my ability to choose my beliefs, I should empathize with the beliefs or lack thereof in others.

5. Being tolerant of, knowledgeable about, and empathetic towards the beliefs or lack thereof in others does not make me less of a believer. It makes me tolerant, knowledgeable, and empathetic.

6. I believe that my tolerance, knowledge, and empathy make my own belief more personally genuine because I know why I believe and why other people do not.

7. I believe that in being tolerant, knowledgeable, and empathetic toward those who do not share my beliefs, I encourage them to be tolerant, knowledgeable, and empathetic toward me.

Both of these lists are finely crafted and well thought out. They are a testament to the power of the written word to sway the minds and hearts of man. I hope reading these posts will breed more tolerance in the world.

Having said that, I was also compelled to make a variation of the Maxims. Since John and Devin had already covered the major Believer vs. Non-Believer sector, I decided to write mine about something that I am familiar with: Being an asshole. So I hereby present seven Maxims for Assholes:

1. Being an asshole gives me every right to be intolerant of those around me and tell them about it at every opportunity.

2. Being an asshole makes it acceptable to skate through life being completely oblivious to my effect on others.

3. Being an asshole gives me every right to do whatever the hell I want with my children. They are mine to mentally scar at random and don’t give me any that “it takes a village” crap. I’m probably not listening anyway, see maxim #2

4. Because I am an asshole who values my ability to piss people off, I should welcome any and all efforts to make me see the error of my ways and take great delight in smiting them down with heavy blows.

5. Being able to hold my tongue when faced with rather large or numerous adversaries does not make me less of an asshole. It makes me a smart asshole that values my own hide, just slightly more than I value my own opinion.

6. I believe that my understanding of just how truly ignorant those around me are, is explanation enough for why I am an asshole.
7. I believe that being an asshole is the one thing that can bridge any and all ethnic, religious, socio-economic, political affiliations and sexual preference gaps to unite people from all walks of life to a common cause. (Unfortunately, it is usually to stand against an a$$hole not with him, but at least they have been brought

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