The Kevin J. Rice

Philosophy Page

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Most personal philosophies are usually loaded with (pardon my french) bullshit.

It’s usually a bunch of bung like

My philosophy is probably  bung, too.  But it’s mine, and I’ll delude myself into believing it for a while longer.  At least until I figure a better way of phrasing it, or change my mind (the latter begin much more likely, methinks).

You will notice that this is broken into two documents.  The first are my Commandments, the rules that I have about the way I act.  The second is my Credo, or ‘What I Believe’.  These are my assumptions about the universe.  One has to have assumptions before making judgments about the world.  These are mine.

FEEL FREE TO COMMENT:  If you disagree with any of this, think it’s pathetic and wrong, cool.  At least I’ve gotten a reaction out of you.  If you agree with everything I've got here:  drat!  That means I’m not the unique person in the universe that I thought I was, and I’ll have to go off and invent something wholly new.

Also see: The Seven Deadly Sins, a relatively new page I created.

A bit of history:

Personal 10 Commandments

These are my rules for living
 

1.   To Thine Own Self Be True.

2.  Be Nice.

3.  Question Everything

4.  Be Creative.

5.  Be Honest.

6.  Respect Proper Authority

7.  Abide by the implications of my Credo.


My Credo

These are my assumptions about the universe, my deepest beliefs.

1.  God Exists.  The one, immortal, omniscient (subject to certain restrictions concerning time and creativity, as yet undecided upon), and omnipotent (may change Earthly circumstances by means unknown) God is the creator and master of the universe.  God is not generally inimical, spiteful, indifferent or unjust.  The universe is patently unfair, we must cope.

2.  The Soul is Separate From The Body.  There is life after death.  This may be the pathway/mechanism of human divine communications:  prayer via the shape of the soul, divine influence is God's presentation of options, and this can be assisted via a person's soulful/worshipful consideration.

3.  Free Will Exists.  I am free to choose any option presented to me.  The universe doesn't have to allow me to act on that decision, but I am free to make it.  God may thus influence

4.  God Commands Universal Justice.  When I die, I will be judged by God.  This judgement will be based on my ethical system, behavior, intentions, and recognition of God's presence.  The results of this judgement determine something important put unknown.
 

5.  Sin is Bad.  Sin is both:

This implies:



 

I've been a Methodist by upbringing and none of the above conflicts with that so far as I know.

However, If you have different ideas, cool.  I respect that and wouldn’t dream of trying to change your mind.  Please don’t flame me if you happen to think it’s blasphemy.  It probably is, by the more conservative branches of Christianity.  But it’s what I believe, and if you disagree, I will respect your opinion by not telling you you’re wrong.  Enjoy!
 



 

The Real 10 Commandments

(reprinted without permission from the New Revised Standard Version (NSRV) Bible (c) 1985 (?)

1.  You shall have no other gods before me.

2.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to thousands who love me and keep my commandments.

3.  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4.  Remember the sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you , nor your son or daughter, nor you r manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day, therefore the lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

5.  Honor your father and mother.

6.  You shall not murder.

7.  You shall not commit adultery.

8.  you shall not steal.

9.  Thou shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10.  You shall not covet your neighbors house.  You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.



Comments:

Commandments 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10 are functionally the same: Disrespecting God.

Commandments 6, 7, and 8 are the same: hurtful destruction:

Commandment 5, honor your father and mother, is a part of respecting God's authority by respecting those to whom it was handed down.  I phrased my commandment (above) as 'Respect proper authority' which encompasses this and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 10th commandments.

Thus, all commandments can be summed up as 'Respect Proper Authority' and 'Don't be hurtfully destructive."
 



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