In the spirit of the enthusiasm, here are ten "non-commandments" I might suggest, as I've been pondering this silly exercise for a little while now because of the contest.
- Don't go in for commandments. (This one is the only one I would call a commandment, and so it applies autologically as well--sometimes rules are okay.)
- Try to take the risk of thinking for yourself--particularly, realize that your team is more likely to be wrong than you are.
- Aim never to be boring or boorish.
- Do what you can to be honest with yourself, especially do whatever you can to avoid pretending to know things you do not or cannot know.
- Try to live long and well, but know that you will die and let that inform your life.
- Seek to do whatever kindness you can.
- Strive to minimize the harms generated by your actions, particularly those performed in service of your own benefit.
- Do all you can to respect the dignity and autonomy of others.
- Try not to let it bother you that the promise of ten fell short at nine; that's life.