February 2009

Leo Szilard's 10 Commandments:

  1. Recognize the relationships between things and the laws which govern men's actions, so that you know what you are doing.

  2. Direct your deeds to a worthy goal, but do not ask if they will achieve the goal; let them be models and examples rather than means to an end.

  3. Speak to all others as you do to yourself, without regard to the effect you make, so that you do not expel them from your world and in your isolation lose sight of the meaning of life and the perfection of the creation.

  4. Do not destroy what you cannot create.

  5. Touch no dish unless you are hungry. (A pun that could read –
    Do not turn to the court of law unless you are hungry).

  6. Do not desire what you cannot have.

  7. Do not lie without need.

  8. Honor children. Listen to their words with reverence and speak to them with endless love.

  9. Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not prevent you from being what you have become.

  10. Lead your life with a gentle hand and be ready to depart whenever you are called.

I think these are pretty awesome.

KT commented:

I like the sound of 2, because it suits my idealism, but I am unsure whether to accept it.

3 is interesting. I initially thought he was meaning 'be as honestly critical of others as of yourself'. Then by the time I got to the end I thought it was 'speak as kindly to others as to yourself'. Then on reading it over again, I think he just means 'be yourself openly, so that you will actually have a world to share with others, rather than losing yourself in others' worlds'. That's kind of nice.

10: will do.

Aeonsim commented:

Yeah they're awesome not so sure about 9 though. Would prefer it with out the reference to the work 6 years then leave on the 7th. As I don't see that there necessarily is a link between that and remembering who you are and that yo shouldn't loose you self in the expectations of your friends and job.