Atheist: I’ll see your 10 and raise you one commandment

The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life is Boulder, Colo., author Buzzy Jackson’s new book. Jackson, an atheist with a Ph.D. in history, also works as a researcher at the Center of the American West at CU-Boulder.

She includes a thoughtful insert in the book (which she originally wanted to title Chicken Soup for the Soulless) called “The 11 Commandments for Atheists.” They are:

“Do not destroy what you cannot create.” — Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard

“Do unto others 25 percent better than you expect them to do unto you. The 25 percent is for error.” — American biochemist Linus Pauling

“Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the verandah and beat them with a cricket bat.” — Australian comedian Tim Minchin

“Try to leave the world a better place than when we entered it.” — Michio Kaku, City College of New York theoretical physics professor

“A man’s duty is to find out where the truth is, or if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.” — Plato

“You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.” ­— Russian novelist and historian Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

“You cannot save people, you can only love them.” — author Anaïs Nin

“To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world.” — film critic Roger Ebert

“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the [expletive deleted] sh*t out of love.” — Cheryl Strayed, American author of the best-seller Wild

“Try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.” — Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”

“There are far too many commandments and you really only need one: Do not hurt anybody.” — Carl Reiner, actor, director, movie producer

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