Humanist Commandments

1. Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings.

2. Respect the life and property of others.

3. Practice tolerance and open-mindedness towards the choices and life styles of others.

4. Share with those who are less fortunate and mutually assist those who are in need of help.

5. Use neither lies, nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others.

6. Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life’s problems.

7. Conserve and improve the Earth’s natural environment—land, soil, water, air and space—as humankind’s common heritage.

8. Resolve differences and conflicts cooperatively without resorting to violence or to wars.

9. Organize public affairs according to individual freedom and responsibility, through political and economic democracy.

10. Develop one’s intelligence and talents through education and effort.

Let's Fix the World Together

There are few important things I have realized recently, not only in light of the very unfortunate Santa Barbara incident, but in my own experiences, and I would like to share with you all.

1. Pointing fingers at specific people or groups of people will not get us anywhere. It will do the opposite. Let’s not do that.

2. We are all problems and we are all solutions. Which one you will be is entirely up to you, but I hope we all try to be solutions.

3. A lot of people lash out and make generalizations because they are afraid. People are usually afraid for a reason. Before you lash back, please take a minute to be open minded and see where they are coming from. I have found that as long as you show/demonstrate to the person that you heard them and their feelings, they are more willing to listen to your side of the story. Even though you may not agree with what they have to say, show others the respect and maturity you would like to be treated with. They, and you, may be pleasantly surprised. 

And that’s it! I hope it helps! Let’s work together and make our world a better and more equal place for everyone!

imo the renaissance was influenced as much by the rise of capitalism as it was by the ideas of humanisim but take a wild guess which one your AP history textbook wants to focus on