There is one law: Be a decent human being.
To develop that idea further, let’s start with these eleven principles:
- Respect life. Your life is worthy of respect, as is the life of all sentient beings. Even animals that are used for food must be treated as humanely as possible.
- Respect the rights and dignity of others. Others have a right to their own lives, to reasonable privacy, and to things and a place they can call their own.
- Respect the beliefs and customs of others. Be tolerant of differences, and allow others freedom to do as they wish, within reason.
- Base your beliefs on reality. Use your senses and rationality to analyze the evidence you encounter. Do not rely on wishful thinking, unreliable authorities, or imagination to determine what is true.
- Be kind and compassionate. Show mercy, even to those who don’t deserve it. Forgive those who have wronged you.
- Be honest and fair. Be who you really are. Avoid conflicts of interest.
- Be faithful to those who trust you. Respect confidentiality. Keep your promises. Do not misuse your position of authority.
- Be fearless. Seek the truth, acknowledge the wonder of your world. Defend those who need help.
- Be creative and diligent in what you do. Be fruitful, contributing your best work to society. Be a responsible caretaker of the environment we share.
- Be temperate and balanced. Enjoy life, play. Be content with what you have.
- Care for all children, respect them and teach them well. They are the future.
Always aim to treat others a little better than they treat you. Remember this: life is not fair, and the cosmos does not care. Do not expect any special reward for living well. Life is the reward.