|Dear "Sisters" (if such a single-gendered race of sentient beings in fact exists),
Let me explain why I wrote " A Mother’s Guide to Clean-Living in a Dirty Universe" for you- not that I knew at the time it was for you. No, at first I foolishly believed it was meant for this race I was born into, not realizing yet how much too late and much too inapplicable it is in regard to humans. But, after many years of studying millennia of their history and more than five decades of experience being one, it finally became unignorably apparent, that as long as there are two parts to them, no remedy is possible. That, as long as the half armed with a biological weapon designed to harm even as it aids the creation of new life exists, there will be no cure for the evils its creation spawned. No cessation of those evils’ ever-increasing variety. No end to the despair, pain, suffering and death they have been bringing about unceasingly since the first man was made out of woman in a fit of envy. Or something worse.
I first thought if a few carefully selected women and children not contaminated by humankind's norm could be saved out of the billions who so well-earned extinction, they might have a chance to start over and get it right, for a change, after an Endday that seems imminent. But, sad to say, the more I studied, read, thought, saw, the more my doubt this could take place became a certainty. A single serpent in that next garden of Eden- just one male human left alive- would inevitably tip the scale again in EVIL's favor. And, if any of the other violent, inter-species-feeding "lesser" animals were left to share the planet’s remains with them, their example of harming, killing, eating each other would once again spread to ones who would know better, but might be too weak to resist emulating what they see all around them as "natural" behavior.
So, I asked, who or what is this Guide I’ve been “directed” to write for, if not for humans? Who is meant to benefit from all this knowledge I was led to acquire? Surely not anyone/anything I’ve thus far tangibly encountered. No one whose existence I have hard evidence of, at any rate. The apparent answer (from a set of magnetized words that seem to choose themselves and a pendulum that exerts a will of its own affirming or rejecting the words’ "rightness") was surprising, yet no less believable than having all my earthly needs mysteriously met for over five years, with no effort on my part whatsoever.
This handbook/guide for any with determination enough to combat EVIL with an exclusively GOOD-doing life is, I’m "told," intended as a primer for a single-gendered species of female sentient beings (or the surviving half of a previously 2-gendered race), who somehow know of it and are awaiting its completion. Supposedly, to be in time for their exodus to a pristine planet where they will be enabled, with this Guide’s help (how acquired, I’ve no idea!), to establish a way of life that EVIL cannot taint.
Do such "sisters" (as I've taken to calling them) exist beyond the boundaries of my perhaps over-fertile, too-easily-overfed imagination? With no proof they don't, it's entirely possible that they do, isn't it? In view of all that the human species is responsible for, they surely have just as strong a chance of being real as does this bunch of unbelievably bad lifeforms. That other "others" ("aliens" / "ET's") also inhabit the universe, interacting in various ways with at least the self-styled terran ruling species, can’t be doubted in view of daily crop circles, UFO sightings, etc. And, that these others are not all white-hatted good guys can't be disputed, given the countless documented cow/deer/cat mutilations and so many abduction horror stories that some of them just have to be true.
Thus, with so much villainy about, and all things having an opposite, there must be a counter-balance. And what best offsets bad-guys? Good-gals! “Sisters” seemed plausible enough to me. Much research, study, thought, observation and writing on the subject, led me to conclude that no double-sexed race can be free from a preponderance of EVIL. In her inhumanity-illuminating novel The Final Hour, Taylor Caldwell asked, “Who can know the truth about mankind- and live?” Now knowing, and not able to waste the life given me, I have no choice but to go on living, but while forced to live among humankind, I can still refuse to be “one with it”. There must be something better, and if the "sisters" aren't real, they should be!!!
This then is for you who are, or ("mother" willing) sometime, somewhere may be, with love and belief in GOOD, that it may prevail, after all...
With love from your sister,
A Mother’s Guide to Clean-Living In A Dirty Universe
In loving memory of Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, but queen of ordinary hearts and Mother Theresa, patroness/saint to the sick and dying, and to the continuation of all to which these archetypical human women dedicated their lives... loving and comforting of the least fortunate, those most beloved children of our eternal great mother... with the most determined pledge that my work will somehow make sense of theirs, so that their loss may become a gain for all, without which, none deserve to outlive them.
Mother Theresa, at 87, had filled the many decades of her life with the joy of unattached giving. Owning nothing and childless, hers was nevertheless the wealthiest of souls for possessing all the best that a mother's love epitomizes and the world's worst-off were the most loved of her foster brood.
Diana, in the fullest bloom of human womanhood, the most needed years of her motherhood, shared the wealth and prominence she was unfortunate to be burdened with; gave to all she reached, the love she had in such abundance as she matured; grew ever lovelier and wiser; yet remained the child who loves all, needing only to be loved in return.
Maiden/mother and mother/crone... together, the three forms of the triple goddess. If anything can show self-contaminated sentientkind the way of living females once guided, perhaps it is the these two paradigms. Human in the most personal of ways, one unignorably plain- the other a legendary beauty; one the most humble in the material sense walked a beggar's path- the other, born to privilege, dwelt in the lonely rarefied air of monarchs' aeries; one lived and worked quietly, with no personal life to complicate her work- the other, never allowed such privacy, went about her charitable work discreetly, using the notoriety forced upon her to further it.
By their lives and by their deaths, those still living in this universe can no longer ignore how we were all meant to live. If we fail to take their lessons to heart, changing ourselves drastically enough to bring our worlds back into balance, these two exceptional beings will have lived and died in vain. In that event, I will curse my own kind and all others blessed with sentience, until and with my dying breath, for being evil, self-deluding, self-serving fools who wasted all the best we were ever given.
Mother Theresa, “sister” Diana, guide me with your sense of purpose and strength of will to complete this work I started while you still lived. Let me finish it as either or both of you might have, had you more time here. As you both knew so well, it all starts with-- love...
[begun] 11 January 1998
Land of the Hopi
Second Mesa, Arizona
[fini] 21 Mars 2001
In these pages you will find a shockingly different plan for the foundation of a new way of life. Different, because nothing like it appears to have ever been proposed (not in recorded human history, at any rate). Shocking, because it is based on the radical concept/conclusion that none but an all-female society could possibly thrive in peace. Earth’s humans, for one example, had millennia to make their male-controlled world work. It never did. None ever will as long as that segment/gender of a species who fight and rape and kill are in charge. However, despite such gender divergence, if any, living-ways are still either GOOD/right/“clean” ones or EVIL/wrong/“dirty” ones. The difference must be clearly defined, to show how any race/species may easily adhere to “clean-living” ways even when surrounded by their opposite.
Just suppose that other forms of intelligent life exist in the universe besides your own. Many others. As many and as varied in appearance, development and lifestyle as your wildest imagination can come up with. And suppose that everywhere they exist, there are both good ones and bad ones. In other words, that some believe in, actually practice, only clean-living ways and some don’t. After all, everything that exists, as far as one can tell, has some kind of opposite, doesn’t it? From energy of any type, to all that’s physical, mental or spiritual, it’s obvious that opposing forces of one kind or another are universally unavoidable.
So, despite whatever differences either you imagined, or our maker created, it’s logical to assume all the most advanced life forms throughout the cosmos would still share at least that most basic common factor... rightness competing with wrongness. Harmfulness with harmlessness. Agreed so far? While some may consider rightness and wrongness too subjective to determine across the board- across the universe, in this case- no matter how any life form is arranged physically, it’s evident that suffering and death would be experienced by any and all. Thus, the inflicting of those harmful states by one being upon another, would surely have to be a wrongness in anyone’s book, Bible, Koran, Torah or extra-terrestrial otherwise, should humans not be the only ones who cop out by hanging their own morality on others’ words. Still with me?
Getting close to a cosmic code of conduct, isn’t it? Only one other thing comes as close to that as wrongfulness does, since it’s a cover-all type “sin”... waste (as in wasting anything). Think about it and you’ll see any act that various religions, gods, governments and so forth look upon as sin, crime or misbehavior of one kind or another, is really only that. Waste. WASTE. Waste a life: If your own, it’s suicide; if another’s, it’s murder or manslaughter. Waste the time and care someone puts into something by depriving them of it: It’s stealing. And so on. See how it works? All that police, politicians or priests command/teach others not to do, is only that one single thing. Causing pain or suffering to anyone is a waste of their feeling good or their prior health. Even causing yourself to suffer by your own bad behavior is a waste of your well-being. Simple, isn’t it?
Who needs a list of Commandments or books full of rules and complex regulations? This is merely a guide/blueprint for “right-living” aimed at ALL beings of sentience or “intellessence” in the universe (& beyond?). Beings of what? Intelligence + intellect + sense (as in “common” which is all-too-rare) + essence (what humans consider the most superior aspect of life, “the soul”) = “intellessence”. One word summarizing all that would qualify creatures of any physiological form for full “sentient” status.
Thus, living in rightful, “clean” ways, whether on Earth, amid the Pleiades, around Alpha Centauri, or elsewhere in the cosmos, has got to be based on the selfsame aspects of good-behaving vs. evil-doing. And, to chart a course of acceptable behavior solely for your own kind, not applying the same tenets to all others who must share your existence would not be a very intelligent thing to do, now would it? After all, some day you might bump into some of them. If and when you do, if you didn’t know how you stack up against the RIGHT and WRONG of things universal, you could find yourself up before some cosmic court’s judge and jury for unacceptable conduct!
To be fair, a universal code of conduct should be directed only at what is RIGHT and what is WRONG. Or, if you prefer, what is HARMFUL and what is HARMLESS. Period! NOT set up merely to aggrandize some self-imagined deity or satisfy some group’s power trip prerequisites. If any code purports to be “the” way of life for the right-living, it should deal simply with the basic principles of individual right-acting, not ever be a system for controlling others.
If it is truly the one, true, “right” way, then all that rests upon it, should prove it to be. That literal “eye for an eye” basis of the humans’ Islamic code, for one, is a perfect example of how false such allegedly deity-driven commandments and codes are. What could possibly be good-godly about lopping off someone’s body part in punishment for their offense? It’s just another offense, added to the original one! The same is true for that earth-wide solution to major crime, capitol punishment, the killing/execution of one in retaliation for killing another.
Bad behavior will ultimately be its own punishment, as good behavior is its own reward. This guide is not an attempt to set up any sort of judicial codex or system of enforcement. It’s nothing but a mirror set up to reflect what any “good being” can see clearly, if living life in the “right” way. The choice, as always, remains with each one. Every single waking moment of your self-aware lives, you make the choice to do one thing or another. From the decision to say or not say something that will hurt or heal, making another feel good or feel bad, to whether or not to eat meat, causing the suffering and death of a fellow creature, you make choices.
From using never-biodegraded plastic or tree-wasting, unrecycled paper, to telling “little white lies” you choose whether to not do a good thing or to do an un-good one, over doing a rightful one. Going through life, as you interact, work, play with other living beings, you make hundreds of big, medium and little choices every day. That’s what “right-living” is all about. All it is, is always making the choice to do what does not hurt a fellow sentient being, any fellow creature or your planet home. That’s all it’s about.
There’s nothing needed in any code of rightful-living about having to abase yourself to a god-figure, regardless of how He/She/It treats you &/or others. Nothing about having to do certain things on certain days in certain ways or else get no rain for your crops or be punished in sundry other ways. Not one single rule about having to, or how to worship whatever runs things in the universe, whether it runs it in kind or ruthless fashion. All that should be in a plan for helping GOOD to outweigh EVIL, is a clear description of what constitutes one and the other! Once that’s determined, it’s easy to know what to do about it- if you’re willing to be a decent being, that is.
But... even if you are inclined to be good, you’ve got to be 100% good, because 10% isn’t good enough to qualify. Neither is 99.999%! Being good is one of those things like “being pregnant”. You either are, or you’re not. There are no degrees. As human woman writer, Ayn Rand, wisely observed, “One can’t be good halfway or honest approximately.”
If not deliberate, “slipping” still leaves you in the OK group, but to go on doing it, puts you in the enemy’s camp. Laziness and making excuses for it is not right-living behavior. Constant work on changing wrongful behaviors-become-habits is the aim of an honestly right-living being. Rather than being a chore, it’s a challenge giving great satisfaction with each victory over wrongness. For instance, if once omnivorous, you’re tempted by the thought of animal flesh, the feat of overcoming an act that all must know isn’t in any way good, will give more pleasure than eating it ever did. Plus creating pride in Self for demonstrating respect for all life, by not giving into an unnecessary craving. Being good feels good- inside and out.
Given a choice between feeling good or feeling bad, who would want to feel bad? Besides, it’s much easier to just do the right thing, than have to dream up all kinds of phony rationales and copout excuses for not doing it. Admit it or not, anyone can tell good from not-good. To go on indulging in favorite bad habits, however, you have to fool yourself into thinking you can’t. In itself, a wrongful act called “lying.” To tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is simple. Making up things to yourself or others, you get tangled up with alternatives that never happened, you never said, did, or felt. And it never feels good. So, why not just be/continue to be a moral, harmless, genuine, good-doing “good being”? You might not have lots of company in this evil-ridden universe but it’ll feel great.
This is not a set of orders. No list of rules and regulations. No god-granted or own-kind-mandated scroll of commandments to be obeyed... or else. When in the long history of humankind, for one, have any such sets of orders ever worked? Who or what ever held such power over individual personal fates as to force compliance to this rule or that? Considering you were supplied with the “free will” of superior lifeforms, why would a provider of that liberty then slap reins on it? Rules, laws and commandments exist for one purpose only: for some to control others. For a few to hold power over many. Whether by God/gods, or fellow beings, such hierarchical systems of subjugation are WRONG. For top-of-the-line beings to need to be forced into living by laws, rather than making one’s own free, individual choice is also WRONG.
Any who need to have a codified list of enforceable laws to live their lives by, can not by any stretch of the imagination (or truth!) consider themselves GOOD beings. Nor, for that matter, claim to be any smarter or more superior than so-called “lower” forms of animal life, since their “common sense” alone provides the only guidelines anyone needs to be GOOD vs. not. It’s the lower forms that must be trained to override instinctual behaviors in favor of learned ones. You’re supposed to be able to do so all by yourself!
Who is so stupid as to need a law or a commandment from some god to tell them killing another is a BAD thing? All you have to do is figure out that if you don’t want some-one/-thing to kill you, it’s not something you should do to any-one/-thing else! Same with stealing, hurting, lying, etc. And then the adults who have already recognized these absolutes of personal preference just pass on the knowledge to the young as they are born and “raised.” Simple. No fuss, no threats of heavenly or worldly punishment needed.
Best of all, no priests/priestesses, rabbis, imams, gurus or such are needed to interpret, enforce, or teach/preach it, either! How good is anyone who can’t be good without full-fledged system of government or religion firmly in place to make sure they will be, tell them how, or promise rewards for being/staying/becoming good? Honestly? Not good at all. Not truly good, just artificially or enforcedly good, good-by-proxy or good via external influence. Real GOOD is internal, self-enabling, self-generated. It can’t be forced into you, can’t be used to control anyone or anything, save by the inner self’s choice of outward acts. Right-living has to have as its only motivating force just the desire of an individual to live without causing any harm. It seems so simple, doesn’t it?
It would be, were some beings not imbued with what may be serious genetic flaws, inherent defects in at least one gender (maybe both) causing instinctive behavior patterns that seemingly can’t be overridden. What else explains male humankind’s incurable love of bloodshed? His need not only to compete, but to conquer and subjugate? His use of what is merely his reproductive system’s primary tool, to dominate, hurt, destroy his delicate counterparts even his own mates and offspring? Didn’t it occur to his so-called “God, the Father” what he’d do with that equipment? Rape, incest, deadly disease all are inflicted continually by too-free-willed use of man’s “entertainment center”! And it seems earth-visiting “other” males are no better.
This guide draws upon observations of that species to illustrate its precepts, not only due to my living among them, but because they offer horribly good examples of how not to live. Though you most likely have a surfeit of your own kind’s horror stories as cases in point, plus knowledge of others’ perhaps, humankind may serve as the best “poster child” of dirty-living. “A Mother’s Guide To Clean-Living In A Dirty Universe” may not be even be needed, if you’re already living in the ways it outlines, but if it is needed (as I’ve been led to believe), here it is... just as it was “given to” me.
The life-growing/life-bearing/life-rearing beings of the universe MUST direct their life's systems/societies! To do any differently is to give the mere spark that ignites a fire control over the fire's continued burning, the path it takes and its extinction. As ass-backward as is the course of the human species, others in this must-be-heavily-populated universe are likely to have gone rear-end-to also. I’m “told” that your kind, at least, have reverted to or somehow achieved a female-only state. Had you not, this guide would not be of any practical use, I’m afraid. Sad to say, but true.
Wherever sentient life exists, only those who bring new life out of their own are inherently empowered with an ability and instinctual knowledge of how to best determine that life-system's course and, as if their society were a great ship, to safely captain its compliment of “crew” & “passengers.” How tragic the outcome would be, if stokers of the ship's boiler took over! Lacking knowledge or skills needed to command, vessel and all aboard would be lost with even the best fuel-feeders at the helm. This analogy describes exactly how the human race has been run. Mutiny by its "black gang" of fire- starting stokers long ago imposed an upside-down chain of command who ran their ship into iceberg after iceberg, got it swamped by storm after storm, and finally ran it aground after causing the greatest of all oil spills that not only began killing off the seas it sailed, but also fouled the sky above and all the lands those vast oceans touched.
Nothing can possibly work when sparks think they can control fires they only ignite. The fire of life burns inside the female body alone. It can only be maintained/controlled in them, by them! Products of that life-making (as opposed to just life-starting) ability are then as designed, meant to be nurtured/trained/directed by their makers. NOT by their starters! No wonder that world of man-planned/run societies is so fouled with evil-doing, pain-inflicting, unnecessary death and the damaging of all species, plus the very habitat they can't live without.
To be "sentient” life forms— those with morally aware conscious minds, not merely brains— may make those so-equipped "superior” beings, as humans describe themselves. But to be "superior" means to be "better than" all other forms to whom one supposedly is superior. It follows then, that having been provided with such superior mental faculties, any race of sentient beings should conduct themselves in a manner as far superior to all lower forms as they are raised above them.
Every such gift carries with it a responsibility at least the equal of its value. Opposable thumbs or suction-cupped digits coupled with brain patterns conferring dexterity beyond that of lesser lifeforms, carry the moral obligation to use them carefully and lovingly and not use them to do harm. Voices capable of intelligible speech bear the attached accountability to transmit truth with their development of language. Any gift not properly “paid for” by its responsible use is not deserved and the mis-user should beware of the inevitable consequences.
Humankind, for instance, seems to have put the responsible halves of its gifts into cold storage, if not killed them off completely. Hands meant to care for self and others, tend lovingly to children and make life comfortable for all, were turned into instruments that torture and kill. Voices meant to sing a soft lullaby or communicate knowledge to one another were allowed to become mainly the means to broadcast nonsense, hatred and distortions of truth that defy all logic and reason. Other sentient races, to judge from the behavior of some “alien” visitors to earth, have similarly mis-used their gifts.
In the human species, it appears that the male gender was from the very beginning infused with a proclivity toward aggressive, violent behavior, even to the enjoyment of same! This propensity tainted the entire race with its poisonous inheritance. It may be that the planet on which humans developed was already home to so many wrong-living creatures whose survival was based on the evil practice of killing and eating each other, that the dominant race was doomed to emulate them. In such an atmosphere of inter-species violence, nothing much better could have developed given any provenance or span of time. Violence will always and only breed violence, evil is all-pervading when pure goodness is in too short supply. Thus it must be apparent to all "superior" species, that extreme care must be taken in selecting lifeforms for inter-breeding, if such be necessary to the survival of one's own species, and dual-gendered forms avoided as an unacceptable risk.
What benefit after all, can ever be realized in establishing a new species to extend an old one, if only in a variation which is counter to all of its founders' principles of life? GOOD is not ever served by this kind of accommodation with EVIL, even if some may think it worth the risk. Those who do, serve only that EVIL in the end. Any lifeform caused to be by the GOOD-serving mother source of the cosmos, must be eternally vigilant. Aware that an opposing EVIL-serving creative force exists, those who revere life have no choice but to seek out all vestiges of EVIL's influence, resisting with all their strength and every last mother-given bit of their powers any capitulation to its corruption.
As EVIL is not suicidal, and seems unstoppably self-perpetuating, GOOD cannot hope to outlast it. It can, however outweigh it. A preponderance of good can always halt the doing of evil, if not its existence. It is up to those of you who believe GOOD should prevail in the universe, rather than EVIL, to see to it that it does! If you don't, who will? Laziness is an aspect of that other's, not a mother's lifeways. GOOD will never be handed to you on a platter. As with the very continuance of life, you must grow it within your own self, give birth to it in hard labor and pain, then raise it carefully and protectively.
Goodness is not a gift. It's a bonus you give to yourself for diligent service to its very premise. It exists only if it exists in some who have the strength of will to choose it over its reverse, badness. Only if some continue to choose the harder one to maintain, will it- GOOD- continue to be. Not open to argument is the indisputable fact that all sentient beings are capable of determining “GOOD” from “EVIL”. Everyone instinctively knows that:
helping someone is “GOOD”:
harming someone is “EVIL”
enjoying what your planet has to offer is “GOOD”:
wasting, destroying its gifts is “EVIL”
“GOOD” is right. “EVIL” is wrong. “Wrong-doing” is EVIL. “Doing right” is GOOD. Any way you toss ‘em, they come out the same. Absolutes in a universe full of “maybes”? Only weak or undeveloped minds see grey where black and white is clearly visible. There are no shades of grey in atomic structure. Positive is just positive, negative nothing but negative. Neutrons are neither, but they are NOT “grey”. Magnetic energy hasn’t any partial positive or semi-negative. There’s no sort of life, or quasi-death. And no female is ever a just little bit pregnant. Another of Ayn Rand’s wonderfully clear views of morality is this, “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”
The first precept of clean-living should be, “Absolutes are absolutely absolute... do not ignore them!” Determining right from wrong is the simplest thing imaginable. It’s so easy, that many complicate the matter just to make it seem hard, which is a wrong thing for sure. The only test you need apply to anything to figure out if it’s a wrong thing or a right thing is this question: “Would I like it done to me?”
If life is a good, rightful thing, then a GOOD motherly power created you to be mothers. That which only provided the spark (a “fatherly” power?) most likely created his/its own creature surrogates. From that division of species continuance came the awfulness that befouls earth and probably elsewhere. If the rest of the universe's habitats have beings similar in 2-gendered nature to the violent earthlings, then the battle must rage everywhere. If, however, there be peaceful planets where only an un-gender-opposed race thrives, then it seems obvious that they would have to be the motherly kind.
While sparks can never be fire without generating material present, nature does support spontaneous combustion of matter (no spark needed!). Even humans can now grow new life from and in mothers with no input whatsoever from any "father" source. Thus, someplace where an exclusively-maternal species will flourish and violence is unknown, can be. To vanquish EVIL or to just simply balance its awesome power, some such environment should exist.
If none does at present, one must be established without delay, for evil has grown far beyond being an equal opposing force to good, as it may have been in the beginning. Just one example that a sentient lifeform’s living in pure goodness can keep EVIL at bay or out of its environment completely, would negate the inevitability of EVIL- in effect, winning the battle it wages against GOOD. The only problem is how to bring those so committed together!
If these words reach any determined to move the heavens and whatever planets they are on to do this, let me know in some way, if there’s any more that I can do. If some of you have the means of communication/transportation to connect us, don't wait. There isn’t much time left to do it! If there were, I wouldn’t be writing this now, as it’s written through, not by me and I've been urged to not delay its completion for some reason. I can only think it’s because humankind’s time has run out and their Endday is soon to befall.
Our cosmic motherly source must want us to join our useful hands, loving hearts and thinking minds to support her in what has been a losing battle with her opponent. It won't continue to be a losing one if you, the result of her creative love come to her aid in unison. I can only provide these words, not able yet to use my other powers as you do. But together we have her strength plus what she gave to each of us... the awesome power of life-making vs. life-taking. Mother of 7 human-born children, I well know both the gift and the responsibility that power represents. Life is our sacred trust, that we must never allow to be degraded in any way, by anyone or anything.
Life wants to live. It will evolve, develop, mutate, do whatever necessary to avoid being ended. The EVIL of life-taking feeds only on those who do the taking. You can not feed it by preventing those you bear and raise from doing so. By your example, it can be proven to all that “clean-living in a dirty universe” is not only possible, but necessary, for GOOD to prevail. Since all that lives will die without food, commit your life to the starving of EVIL/life-taking. And ask our mother source to bring all who are like you together, to feed and nourish only GOOD/life-making, as only you can.
February 2000 21 Mars 2001
Santa Rosa, Calif. Poitiers, France
Will to will her will... and you will!
OATH OF LIFE
This Lifeform, incorporating my physical, mental and spiritual state, is mine and mine alone. In grateful return for such a sacred gift, I willingly accept full and exclusive responsibility for how it shall be used.
I will cherish life in any form; show honor and respect to/for all that is provided for my use/enjoyment in this life; and lovingly provide my most diligent care and protection to my Planet Home’s bounty/resources and to all other Lifeforms from whom I may derive sustenance, comfort, or pleasure.
Thankful for this Gift of Life, and for all afforded to me in it, I make these Promises:
1. I will not waste my inborn powers, a moment of my life, nor anything occurring in it;
2. I will see the beauty in all things and in all of life’s moments;
3. I will value all others' rights no less than mine & never take pleasure or comfort at the expense of another;
4. I will not lie to myself/another, accept/excuse any lie, nor allow lies to adversely affect my life or another’s;
5. I will take no more than my fair share of all things, nor will I envy that of others;
6. I will give as much as or more than I take/am given, in kind or in trade according to my talents and ability;
7. I will allow all children/fellow creatures to live in comfort, safety, and good health, always knowing love;
8. I will neither harm not eat any fellow creature;
9. I will be a loving friend to all who follow these ways, will do my best to enlighten all who do not.
These 9 Promises I vow to keep as long as I live, safeguarding their observance with all my life-given strength, as the inherent rights and responsibilities of any living being, doing my utmost at all times to fulfill my purpose in this life and whatever may come after.
[*More apropos than “mankind” (at least for humans)... for any sentient life that has or comes from a “womb”?]
Principles of Clean-Living
1. Wanting/using/eating nothing obtained by causing harm to/death of any living creature.
2. Using nothing alcoholic, hallucinogenic, addictive or sensory/mind/behavior-altering.
3. Devising/using/allowing no plant or animal lifeform-altering drugs/procedures.
4. Enjoying/allowing nothing that exhibits or represents violence.
5. Devising/following no religion/rite, respecting/revering simply, GOOD's mother-source.
6. Owning nothing, envying no one, accumulating only current needs.
7. Using no substitutes for life-valuable things in trading.
8. Seeing/opposing EVIL wherever it exists, not ignoring it/pretending it's something else.
9. Accepting your own frailty/ignorance, assuming no superiority over anyone/anything.
10. Being honest about everything, even with yourself.
11. Recognizing your inborn powers, using all unselfishly to their utmost potential.
12. Accepting your life’s purpose, known to you or not, & striving always to be useful.
13. Allowing/doing nothing to cause death, fear, physical/emotional pain to a living being.
14. Allowing no violent/wrongful history/current events to ever be taught to children.
15. Allowing/excusing no violent behavior, doing all you can to stop any/all violence.
16. Accepting/supporting no rule/law without a necessary planet/life-beneficent basis.
17. Sharing all you have with those in need: including love, comfort, understanding.
18. Always putting the care & raising of healthy, happy, peaceful children first.
19. Acknowledging kinship/equality with all sentient life, avoiding any committed to evil.
20. Revering your elders and cherishing/respecting/making use of their wisdom.
21. Putting protection/preservation of your planet habitat ahead of personal comfort.
[Note: I'm sorry that I couldn't put the full manuscript on the site, but it loses a lot of formatting that's important to its meaning, when I do. Please email me if you'd like the entire work and I'll send it to you.]