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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE LAW

 

(For the source text: click here)
(For Antinomy: click here)

 

THE LAW

PREAMBLE :

This is the way of freedom:

Respect freedom

I. Freedom is the only way.

II. Attempts to redefine freedom will change the consequences neither of respecting it nor of failing to respect it. 

III. Do not use the word freedom in vain.

Respect yourself

IV. Remember to honour freedom: You do not live to work; you work to live.

V. Remember that the world did not begin and will not end with you.

Respect others

VI. The lives of others are not yours to take.

VII. If those to whom you have committed your life cannot trust you, why should anyone trust you in any matter?

VIII. The property of others is not yours to take.

IX. Do not think that your ability to say what you want entitles you to disregard the truth in what you say about others.

X. Do not think that your desires entitle you to anything that is another's.

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Source 

EXODUS 20:2 - 20:26

Ego sum Dominus Deus tuus qui eduxi te de terra Aegypti de domo servitutis.
I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I. Non habebis deos alienos coram me.
Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

II. Non facies tibi sculptile neque omnem similitudinem quae est in caelo desuper et quae in terra deorsum nec eorum quae sunt in aquis sub terra.
Non adorabis ea neque coles ego sum Dominus Deus tuus fortis zelotes visitans iniquitatem patrum in filiis in tertiam et quartam generationem eorum qui oderunt me.
Et faciens misericordiam in milia his qui diligunt me et custodiunt praecepta mea.
Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth.
Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: And showing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments.

III. Non adsumes nomen Domini Dei tui in vanum nec enim habebit insontem Dominus eum qui adsumpserit nomen Domini Dei sui frustra.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain.

IV. Memento ut diem sabbati sanctifices.
Sex diebus operaberis et facies omnia opera tua.
Septimo autem die sabbati Domini Dei tui non facies omne opus tu et filius tuus et filia tua servus tuus et ancilla tua iumentum tuum et advena qui est intra portas tuas.
Sex enim diebus fecit Dominus caelum et terram et mare et omnia quae in eis sunt et requievit in die septimo idcirco benedixit Dominus diei sabbati et sanctificavit eum.

Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Six days shalt thou labour, and shalt do all thy works.
But on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.

V. Honora patrem tuum et matrem tuam ut sis longevus super terram quam Dominus Deus tuus dabit tibi.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thou mayst be longlived upon the land which the Lord thy God will give thee.

VI. Non occides.
Thou shalt not kill.

VII. Non moechaberis.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII. Non furtum facies.
Thou shalt not steal

IX. Non loqueris contra proximum tuum falsum testimonium.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

X. Non concupisces domum proximi tui nec desiderabis uxorem eius non servum non ancillam non bovem non asinum nec omnia quae illius sunt.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; neither shalt thou desire his wife, nor his servant, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.

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Against the law

ANTINOMY

This is the way of slavery:

I. Freedom is just one value among others.

II. Serve whatever strikes your fancy and damn the future.

III. Freedom means whatever you want it to mean.

IV. Remember to honour slavery: it is the reward of power.

V. Never mind those who came before you or those who will come after you.

VI. Do not respect others: Their lives belong to you.

VII. Repudiate your most solemn commitments so that you may the more easily repudiate all of your commitments.

VIII. Do not respect others: Their property is yours to tax and regulate.

IX. Why bother with the truth? Lies serve your purpose at least as well.

X. You are entitled to everything that you desire.