Rules for Decent Human Behavior
1) There is something right and something wrong in virtually everything you encounter. Find both. Look for the truth in things, and remember that it almost always lies somewhere in between.
2) Live well-balanced on three legs. Do this by everyday spending as much time as you can at each at the following tasks:
a. Working or creating something.
b. Relaxing by doing something enjoyable.
c. Talking to someone you love.
3) Keep your life as simple as you can.
4) Always remember that hidden within almost every problem is an opportunity.
5) Always be kind, considerate, and fair. Bring no harm. Do not hold on to resentment. Never let go of hope. Remember to share. When you have to compromise, maximize everyone’s benefit, minimize everyone’s harm. Do not do anything you cannot respect others doing. This is called acting with honor.
6) Be aware of people’s weaknesses, but concentrate on their strengths. Keep your own affairs tidy, let others tend to theirs. If you cannot find something to respect about someone, it is your shortcoming, not theirs. This is called seeking what is reasonable in yourself and others.
7) When you are in charge, run things with as much kindness as you can muster, and keep your rules as few and simple as possible.
8) Always value people over institutions or items.
9) Prefer letting be to meddling.
10) Be true to your word.
11) Do not ask for a favor you cannot return in kind.
—- From “The Questioning Way” by Dewey Dirks