Ten Rules for Being Human

  1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
  2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life.”
  3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
  4. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
  5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
  6. “There” is no better a place than “here.” When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here.”
  7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
  8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
  9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to life’s questions lie within you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.
  10. You will forget all this.

Author: Cherie Carter-Scott

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  1. Thopter

    No, it’s correct as it is. When the ‘there’ you have becomes the ‘here’ you have, you will find a new ‘there’.

  2. Skreeran

    Small world, James… 😛

  3. Tim B

    @ number 6, tell that to Terry Waite circa 1987!

  4. Mike

    These make no sense.
    #1 “You only have one body.” The cells of your body get replaced constantly. Around every 7 years, not a single cell will be one that existed 7 years ago. You don’t keep it for your entire life.
    #7 “Other people are merely mirrors of you.” Only if you are a solipsist. Otherwise people are their own individuals.

    I have to agree with James.

  5. Priss

    Not a single cell, huh? Neurologists would love to study you, then.

    Don’t rebut absolutes with half truths.

  6. Laila

    Yeah, but for #1, they mean that you will still look the same. No point in wishing for a body you are never going to have. You will always have the one that you are born with. This isn’t scientific or literal.
    I would have to agree with you on #7 though.

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  8. yallsabunchoffags

    Haters gon hate

  9. Stewart

    Unlike the rest of you, i quite like it for what it is.


  10. Anonymous

    You’re still in the same body, regardless of how many times your cells have been replaced. It IS yours for life; what you do to/with it is your prerogative.

  11. Rizzeh

    Nit-picky, unimaginative mothergrabbers, the lot of you! There is nothing “pseudo-mystical” about this at all, unless you have a very small scope of life. These ideas are absolutely truth to me, not things that I’ve been told; things that I have learned through years and years of living. You would all be much happier, and continue life with much more alacrity and spiritual productivity if you would but LISTEN. Woe betide those who choose to ignore good advice.

  12. Chuie

    Thopter is right, they used the correct “your” in 6.

    You’re reason why #1 is a little shaky. Cells reproduce by mitosis, where the eukaryotic cell nucleus splits to make two exact copies of daughter nuclei. So basically like two clones of the old cell are made. In the end you still have your old body, there’s just more of you lol.
    Also in #7, it did not say that other people are not their own individuals, but rather is saying that you love or hate someone based on the things you love and hate. Like you probably hate me based on the fact that you hate being wrong. (Who doesn’t? Also I didn’t mean to single you out like that. No hard feelings?)

    This was philosophical and fun to read, but in the end they really just say the same things.

  13. Tom

    James and Mike are incorrect! This isn’t literal!

  14. Tom Salzmann

    @ James “Brazil Brat” Smith

    It’s amazing how many times I see your face on comment boards. I guess that means you, I, or both of us spend too much time on the internet.

    Anyway, your = possessive. As in you can own a here. I agree that is BS, but your grammar nit-picking is wrong. Yet again you make a fool of yourself on the internet.

    By the way, how’s that self-proclaimed excellence in journalism going for you? Going to offer me more plane tickets to Brazil so you can give me a thrashing? Only if you promise to wear your (or is it you’re???) stupid ass hat.

  15. Michael

    In the #1 you have one body. That may be true for this trip around, but the real “you” is not that body. The absolute “you” is infinite or as infinite as “you want “you ” to be. We need this body to experience this state of consciousness and learn these lessons, but we are only limited by our consciousness or lack there of. Through spiritual practices (yoga, meditation) you can transform your consciousness and your body. You should take very good care of your body so it can care you through this life experience. Namaste

  16. Rosemary

    I dispute number 7. You can hate someone for hurting you.

  17. wafflez

    Who are you to say how I am to live my life?
    I understand that I can take or leave this information, but they are not rules, if they are, I’ll break them if I want to.

  18. Jake

    #1 The body you have is yours, but it is for the benefit of others. If you take care of yourself, you are doing everyone else a service.

    #2 – #5 These all describe different facets of the same point: You are a learning device and will function as such until the day you die.

    #6 Also known as “the grass is greener on the other side,” or “the journey is more important than the destination.”

    #7 Completely true. It doesn’t matter how people behave as individuals. Everything you perceive about someone is completely unrelated to how they perceive you or themselves. Whether you know it or not you are constantly making subconscious comparisons between people and yourself, and you will have a tendency to find more similarities than are actually there. You will never share the same reality as anyone else.

    #8 and #9 These essentially say the same thing and are both true. Everything about the way you perceive the world is both completely in your mind and uniquely your own perception. No one sees the world through the same eyes, and no one can tell you how to think. @wafflez No one is telling you how to live your life. This article is only a presentation of information. It is not a persuasive paper presenting a side of an argument which you are meant to adapt. You are correct that you can break whatever rules you want.

    #10 This is only true if you are not at a high enough level of awareness to contemplate such lofty ideas.

    There should be a #11 which would read as such:
    There is no such thing as duty, authority, power, and law. All these things are artificial constructions (man-made, whether for good or ill) which are meant to persuade you to limit your free will and obey, ultimately, the whims of other individual people.

    i.e. when someone is told to kill someone else because of duty, he is actually making to conscious choice to kill that person, and is personally responsible for his actions. The phrase “I only did it because it was my job” means nothing at all. It is an excuse, and nothing more.

  19. Not Quite as Wise as the Wise Guy Guy

    @Mike Brain cells and a few other cells do not reproduce. You have those for the rest of your life. Your argument is invalid.

  20. Wiley

    Haters gonna hate. Trolls have gotta be trolls. Thanks folks, I’m blocking this site forever. Buh-bye now 🙁

  21. Maha

    These are absolute classics. I can relate all of them to the distilled teachings from the Bhagavath Gita! Great one. Maha

  22. Jimmy Neutron

    Get over it guys…. it’s just a bit of fun. I think it’s cool 🙂 Some people get so into these kinda things that they decide to have arguments through comments with complete strangers…..

  23. Jimmy Neutron

    oh and by the way… I’m never gonna be back here ever again so no matter who decides to say stuff about my comment, just remember I won’t see them therefore I do not care 😛

  24. chrystine benfer

    Grow up, haVe a life, and go on!!! Have fun, make mistakes, love!!!

  25. Narrator1969

    There is an accurate list of life but it only touches on the one and only Rule that life has. A profetic soul I know told me a few years ago and to this day it holds true even to the recent death of a friend on my birthday. It is very simply “Pay Attention”, if you can remember to do that the rest falls into place pretty well.

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