Elizebeth Joy isn’t raising her children in any religious faith, but she’s teaching them a set of values that rivals anything you’ll ever find in a holy book:
Be Kind and Gentle to everyone and everything. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Have love for humanity and the universe.
Enjoy this life as much as you can. Assume this is all you are going to get (there may not be an afterlife).
Search for beauty and good in everything. Everything has a positive side. If you don’t see it, create it.
You are an animal, and you have a place in the world as all animals do. Try not to abuse your position.
Learn as much as you can and pass on your knowledge.
No person is better than you, and you are not better than any person. Mutual respect is the key for the survival of the human race.
Did I say “rivals”? I meant “tops.” This tops anything you’ll find in a holy book. In fact, just toss out your Bible. If it can’t even teach positive values in a clear, unambiguous way, it just lost its biggest redeeming quality.
The items I mentioned above are only a few of the items on Elizebeth Joy’s list, by the way. Check out the rest. And feel free to suggest your own additions in the comments.
(via Mary Ellen)