The 10 Aspirations – by Alison McBain

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I. I am one truth of many. Thou shalt respect all gods and religions, not just one.

II. Thou shalt not eschew those who make a carved image of faith, for I am a loving God and show mercy to those who profess their love to everyone.

III. Thou shalt not take the name of any god or religion or nationality or gender or race in vain.

IV. Remember to keep all days holy. The Lord blesses equality and respect 24/7.

V. Honor your Guatemalan father and your Dutch mother, your adopted sister and gay brother, your bisexual spouse and Russian cousin, your transgendered landlord and Chinese boss, your lesbian friend and Nigerian neighbor alike.

VI. Thou shalt not murder.

VII. Thou shalt respect any vows given or taken.

VIII. Thou shalt not steal, nor support a corrupt system or set of beliefs which steals a person’s goods or self-respect.

IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor or your friend or even your enemy, no matter the benefit to yourself or if sanctioned by law.

X. Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s nanny, your neighbor’s tricked-out Mercedes Benz, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.