I share many basic beliefs with the conscientious, moral citizens of our world.
The Universal Moral Code
I believe in the Universal Moral Code which is a list of morals found throughout the world, compiled by Dr. Kent M. Keith.
Do no harm (the proscriptive version of the code):
- Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.
- Do not lie.
- Do not steal.
- Do not cheat.
- Do not falsely accuse others.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not commit incest.
- Do not physically or verbally abuse others.
- Do not murder.
- Do not destroy the natural environment upon which all life depends.
Do good (the prescriptive version of the code):
- Do to others what you would like them to do to you.
- Be honest and fair.
- Be generous.
- Be faithful to your family and friends.
- Take care of your children when they are young.
- Take care of your parents when they are old.
- Take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.
- Be kind to strangers.
- Respect all life.
- Protect the natural environment upon which all life depends.
The 6 Pillars of Self-Esteem
I believe in the 6 pillars of self-esteem:
- Living consciously — “When we live consciously we do not imagine that our feelings are an infallible guide to truth.”
- Self-acceptance — “Accepting, compassionate interest does not encourage undesired behavior, rather it reduces the likelihood of it recurring.”
- Self-responsibility — “There is no one coming to our rescue, individually or collectively; no one is going to save us.”
- Self-assertiveness — “unleashing our personality, intellectual abilities, talents, etc., whether other people, including family members and friends, like it or not”
- Living purposefully — “we have the right to establish goals for ourselves based on what we think and feel is right and good”
- Personal integrity — “It takes courage to act with integrity to the truth, particularly one’s inner truth that others may dislike, negatively judge, and even condemn.”
Ip Man’s Wing Chun Jo Fen
I believe in Ip Man’s Wing Chun Jo Fen:
- Remain disciplined — uphold yourself ethically as a martial artist
- Practice courtesy and righteousness — serve the community and honor your family
- Love Your classmates — enjoy working together as a group
- Control your desire — stay healthy
- Work hard and keep practicing — never let the skill leave your body
- Learn to develop spiritual tranquility — abstain from arguments and fights
- Always deal with world matters with a kind attitude that is calm and gentle.
- Help the weak and the very young — use your martial skill for the good of humanity
The 5 Pillars of Islam (modified)
I believe in the 5 pillars of Islam (adapted to my belief system):
- Believe in goodness
- Spend time in quiet contemplation
- Give to the poor and needy (those poor in spirit and body)
- It is good to discipline your desires
- Expand your horizons and respect your heritage
The Ten Commandments (modified)
I believe in the 10 commandments (adapted to my belief system):
- Nothing comes before goodness
- Do not worship that which is empty or vain
- Respect goodness and avoid profanity.
- Spend time in quiet contemplation. Rest from your labors.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- Do not murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Do not covet.
The Great Commandments (modified)
I believe in a modified version of the great commandments (adapted to my belief system):
You should love goodness and treat and love your neighbour as you would like to be treated and loved.
Main tenets of Zoroastrianism
I believe in the main tenets of Zoroastrianism, in slightly modified form:
- If you wish to be happy, make others happy.
- In proportion as we render others happy, are we entitled to similar bounty.
- Each person should be good and beneficent in conduct towards all around them.
- We should avoid injuring the interests of any man (or living being to the extent they share in personhood).
- Our speech should generally be sweet and beneficial.
- Goodness is Godliness, and we should be a ministering angel to all. We should radiate goodness throughout our life.
- Avoid unnecessary dissension (try to see the underlying unity in conflicting view points)
- Never force your own opinion on another.
- Consider the welfare of others before your own.
Basic Moral Principles of Hinduism
I believe in the basic moral principles of Hinduism, in slightly modified form:
- I believe generally in karma (that which we do, good or bad, generally comes back to us in some form)
- I believe in a light-weight form of dharma — we each have duties at various stages of life and in society, and we should perform our duties well.
- I believe in the majority of the yamas and niyamas:
- asteya (nonstealing)
- satya (truthfulness)
- arjhava (honesty)
- daya (compassion)
- ahimsa (nonviolence)
- hri (showing modesty)
- dana (giving to others)
- isvarapujana (spending time in quiet contemplation)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
I believe in cultivating the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Sharpen the saw
The Church of Reality
I believe in all 26 of the Sacred Principles of the Church of Reality (even though I think there are better ways to order and derive one’s belief system):
- The Principle of Positive Evolution
- The Principle of Existence and Survival
- The Principle of Exploration
- The Principle of Curiosity
- The Principle of Honesty and Integrity
- The Principle of Freedom
- The Principle of Peace
- The Principle of Courage
- The Principle of Patience and Persistence
- The Principle of Environmentalism
- The Principle of Compassion
- The Principle of Determination and Defiance
- The Principle of Communication
- The Principle of Justice
- The Principle of Inclusiveness
- The Principle of Respect
- The Principle of Scrutiny and Doubt
- The Principle of Humility
- The Principle of Reason
- The Principle of Wisdom
- The Principle of Personal Responsibility
- The Principle of Bullsh*t
- The principle of Activism and Maintenance
- The Principle of Personal Privacy
- The Principle of Historical Preservation
- The Principle of Humor and Fun