Rule 1: Stand Up Straight with Your Shoulders Back

The Nature of Nature


Top and Bottom




Rising Up


Rule 2: Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible for Helping

Chaos and Order: Personality, Female and Male


The Garden of Eden


The Naked Ape


Good and Evil

A Spark of the Divine



Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Want the Best for You


Some Different Friends – and Some More of the Same


Rescuing the Damned



Rule 4: Compare Yourself to Who You Were Yesterday, Not to Who Someone Else is Today


Many Good Games


The Point of Our Eyes (or, Take Stock)



Rule 5: Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them

The Ignoble Savage


Parent or Friend


Discipline and Punish


Minimum Necessary Force


A Summary of Principles


The Good Child – And the Responsible Parent



Rule 6: Set Your House in Perfect Order Before You Criticize the World

Vengeance or Transformation


Things Fall Apart


Clean Up Your Life



Rule 7: Pursue What is Meaningful (Not What is Expedient)

Get While the Getting’s Good


The Delay of Gratification


Death, Toil, and Evil


Evil, Confronted


Christianity and its Problems


Doubt, Past Mere Nihilism


Meaning as the Higher Good



Rule 8: Tell the Truth – or, at least, Don’t Lie


Manipulate the World


The Truth, Instead


Rule 9: Assume that the Person You are Listening to Might Know Something You Don’t


Not Advice


Figure it Out for Yourself


A Listening Person


How Should You Listen?


Primate Dominance


Conversation on the Way


Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech


Tools, Obstacles, and Extension into the World


The World is Simple Only When it Behaves


You and I are Simple Only When the World Behaves


What Do We See When We Don’t Know What We’re Looking At?


The Construction of Soul and World


Wheat from Chaff



Rule 11: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding


Danger and Mastery


Success and Resentment


Self-Appointed Judges of the Human Race


Career and Marriage


The Patriarchy: Help or Hindrance?


Lest We Forget: Ideas Have Consequences.


Compassion as a Vice


Toughen Up, You Weasel



Rule 12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street


Dogs are Okay Too


Suffering and the Limitations of Being


Disintegration and Pain





What Shall I Do with my Newfound Pen of Light?