In this streaming video, Christopher Hitchens deconstructs the ten commandments and then rewrites them so they actually are an ethical code and so they mean something for everyday life.
While Hitch adds some interesting insights to this topic, George Carlin still has the measure of the ten commandments best. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzEs2nj7iZM
i love the commandment that says "turn off the fraking cell phone!"
Hitch is good. Very good. Go read Hitch-22,a nd God Is Not great if you have not.
Hitchens version had a bug in it... 3rd one could be understood being against BDSM relationships.
Nice try, Hitch! Hitchens' approach is very specific, flavored by current events and his position as a Europeanish person. I'm ok with that, especially #8. My 'practical 10 commandments' [link] is fairly general, includes some guidance ('Corollaries'), and allows a form of religiosity to have a suitable priority. I wonder what Hitch would think of it?
I think that there's a lot to be said for Bill and Ted's two commandmanets:
Be excellent to each other.
Party on, dude.