Most of us, with even the briefest of religious educations, know about the Ten Commandments. They appear in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and we know them to be biblical “laws” that provide us with ethical guidelines on how to live our lives.
An update on this code for living a socially acceptable life is long overdue. In view of the escalating disenchantment with certain faiths, the rise in fundamentalism across several, and the polarisation within faiths, religious dictates such as the Commandments need reconfiguring and revising if religion in general is to survive and continue to guide our moral behaviour.
A basic set of moralities to follow for decent behaviour towards oneself and others is essential, but any revision should include improved direction on what mental attitudes we can hold that actively promote personal and collective well-being. A more comprehensive set of principles based on the inner universal codes and actions that underpin and vitalize physical existence, might have us appreciate more fully the sanctity of all life.