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A partial list of precepts which characterize or demonstrate living according to Prometheanism:

 

Don't dogmatically favor any one method of thinking or any one code of behavior, but instead try to envision things from multiple perspectives and act adaptably. And in that spirit, note: this page is not a list of moral precepts, it is a list of teaching precepts. If you do not follow them well, you will not be morally wrong, damned, evil, bad, stupid, etc., except as you conceive that you are. If you think someone isn't following them but should be, please remember that the above is true of them as well. No one learns anything well when they are abused by the lesson, or too afraid of making mistakes. Let us get beyond moralism or any other policing of orthodoxy which hinders our process of development.

Re-examine and reconsider all which can be reconsidered, in light of the advancement of life, especially the advancement of your own life. Take nothing else as sacred besides the value of life; consider all others as distracting hollow values to discount, or subordinate supporting values to subsume under the value of life. Question the assumptions you have already made based on the information you have been given and the influences upon you.

Pursue your self-interest as the key to the advancement of life. Do not fear your "selfishness" or feel shame at your supposedly despicable "human nature". Only learn to broaden and deepen your understanding of what furthers your interests. Take the long view and the profound view. Realize that your particular desires can help you and help others without contradiction (and little friction) if you develop your unique desires to become full and mature, and to focus on the advancement of life in you and life around you.

Focus on your experience as you expend the only precious time and energy you have. Your life is all you have, all you experience, all you directly know. Do not forget to sense and Live in the nows of your life even as you must plan and provide for the future. (This is the recurring lesson of many great teaching traditions from phenomenology to Zen Buddhism. It is very hard to learn and usually underestimated.)

Continue to change and grow. Fight to grow and fearlessly improve yourself. Rest as you must from the demands of life but never rest too long from the process of realizing your own advancement as you see it. Never allow yourself to fall into stasis or diminish yourself by your inaction or distraction. If you do you may never recover from the pattern of decay.

Do not sacrifice your interests for the interests of others; only give of yourself if that is where your considered self-interest leads you. Do not force your help on anyone who does not want it, however willingly (but judiciously) consider helping others if they want to help themselves. Assume that no one is "irredeemable" or "damned", however some people are simply beyond your help, especially if they do not want to change. Face the fact that much of the potential in the world is never realized, and many of the people you meet have become too lost along their way to ever realize what they could have become.

When at all possible, do not accept mediocrity from yourself in your focused efforts, whatever you care about. When you can, counsel others to do the same, or simply be an example in deed. Above all, do not encourage mediocrity in yourself or others. Mediocrity is a kind of conformity which can deaden both passions for life, and the achievements they lead to. Encourage, applaud, and reward success and competence - even more so, genius.

Be open to learning from everything. Learn from all sources, past and present events, every experience, and every person as though they can be teachers, whether they will help teach you what is desirable or undesirable to the advancement of life.

If abstract theoretical ideas such as those used in composing philosophies, or demarcating imaginary worlds such as political allegiances or religious metaphysics, aren't useful to you, helpful to you, or potentially illuminating for some human purpose, admit to their pointlessness if not their obfuscation or distortion of more important things. These imaginary things are just theory in themselves, which must become beneficial practice in context to have worth to you. Skip them, or at least, don't take them seriously except to remain aware of how others imagine them. (Consider the examples in philosophy such as debates over the exact extent of nature vs. nurture, or trying to prove or disprove the existence of god - what after all is the point?) Thus, we say Prometheanism is a practical or pragmatic philosophy.

 

Also see About Prometheanism for more information.

 

edited by Phoenix
page updated October 20, 2003 14:19

 

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