- Religion and Philosophy
Commandments, rules and self discipline, lighten up on yourself
Partial Eclipse of the Heart
Breaking the Ten Commandments. Forget about it. Good virtuous life -- that is the ticket.
Statutes and commandments are just dandy, but, our own rules of conduct should be sufficient for each of us. This question has had a lot of attention as well it should. Which of the Ten Commandments are most frequently broken? There are a couple of historical facts about the Ten Commandments that are important to note. They were written down to help govern a people that had been slaves for much longer than most of their life spans. These people that had, prior to the Ten Commandments, lived under a harsh rule of order and enforcement with little or not freedom to decide anything for themselves. Think of a child moving away from home for the first time, or a prison inmate being released after 15 years in a penitentiary. Sometimes new found freedom can be just too much to handle. Hence these people were given some guidance. They are a guide to living that still maintains their value today.
Another part of interest is the use of the negative “thou shall not”. What an interesting concept for a Lord King to use as a tool of ruling. As a child I was always told to do something, anything. The idea being that a child whose time is filled with constructive activity would have no time for destructive activity. (“idle hands and minds are the devil’s playground”) Historically man has chaffed and struggled against any rule that prohibited an act. Yet we seem to find solace and a sense of triumph when we accomplish a task given to us.
The United States of America is claimed to be a nation of laws and not men. The idea is the ideal. Laws are there to keep us on the road to that ideal, not to be a roadblock on that road.
There is wisdom in the often repeated story of the man on a deathbed proclaiming; “I do not regret the things I have done nearly so much as I regret the things I did not do”.
In the answers to the question: “Which of the 10 commandments do you think people break the most frequently”? there seems to be a common theme. People answer with an emphasis on “do you think”. And so in the answers we see a reflection of what people think about the most in reference to the commandments. One could even suggest that our answers were really a reflection of what we break most frequently. It is almost as though the question asked was “which do you break most frequently”.
So in conclusion I go back to my starting point. Our own rules of conduct are sufficient for each of us. Each answer is a personal review and most likely harder on the writer than the commandments would be. Unless of course you buy the notion that man is basically evil.