Sunday, March 07, 2010

Christopher Hitchens proposes new commandments

In Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens considers -- and finds fault in -- a version of the Biblical commandments. Not one to tear down without suggesting we prepare to rebuild soon thereafter, he concludes his column with an attractive alternative draft:
  • "Do not condemn people on the basis of their ethnicity or color.
  • "Do not ever use people as private property.
  • "Despise those who use violence or the threat of it in sexual relations.
  • "Hide your face and weep if you dare to harm a child.
  • "Do not condemn people for their inborn [sexual] nature.
  • "Be aware that you too are an animal and dependent on the web of nature, and think and act accordingly.
  • "Do not imagine that you can escape judgment if you rob people with a false prospectus rather than with a knife.
  • "Turn off that fucking cell phone—you have no idea how unimportant your call is to us.
  • "Denounce all jihadists and crusaders for what they are: psychopathic criminals with ugly delusions.
  • "Be willing to renounce any god or any religion if any holy commandments should contradict any of the above.
"In short: Do not swallow your moral code in tablet form."