Back: The Fourth Commandment The Ten Commandments are odd in that they seem to present as a cascading set of instructions away from the transcendent, like layers of a mandala walking away from the central point. The first four Commandments present as ones that require the reader to accept that they are a force of … Continue reading You Shall Understand Your Parents; Envelopes Filled With Silver
Back: The Third Commandment We all know that according to the story God made the earth and all the things on the earth in seven days, and on that seventh day, he rested. God, being the merciful guy he is, got to the end of the busiest week since time started, thought that he had … Continue reading You Shall Rest in Creation: The Prison Without Walls
Back: The Second Commandment The door slams shut over your poorly placed fingers. The thud runs up your arm and a panicked numbness holds your once useful knuckles in place. Looking through the mental fog you locate the door handle and force the wooden seam off your multicolour hand. As the blood rushes back, all … Continue reading You Shall Not Use My Name For Vanity; Cotton Teeth and Porcelain Tongue
Back: The First Commandment Imagine you were to get people off the street and get them to begin writing a list of the most important things to avoid in life. You could likely fill a stadium before someone suggested that a 3D caricature of something from a story is the second most likely thing to … Continue reading You Shall Create No Images to Serve; Reflections of the River
Preface Because this Commandment is the First Commandment, and therefore the principle Commandment, it must be the bedrock of all others. It seems backward then that the principle request of the transcendent is for you to value nothing higher than itself. If any person made this claim of others it would be fair to consider … Continue reading You Shall Respect no Gods Other Than Me; Deities of the Mind
How can it be that for thousands of years the Abrahamic religions and their followers have found meaning in the Ten Commandments, however, with a modern mind they just don’t make sense as rules to govern society. Ostensibly, the first four are vanity on the part of God, then worse the next arguably supports enabling family abuse in its most literal sense. This leaves only the last five which are seemingly fundamental rules that practically every government in the world enforces in some form. Therefore, even the value in these last five statements must be independent from the religion itself. With the modern mindset, these commandments seem to range between common-sense to aggressively wrong. One could argue that whoever decided these to be the commandments is doing so out of shortsighted vanity, otherwise all of them would be result in real, tangible benefits to society. It is not hard to see how so few people know what the full list of commandments is when they are at best paid lip service, and at worst used as an archaic tome to justify illegitimate authority.