Foreword

 

Overture

 

Rule 1: Stand Up Straight with Your Shoulders Back

The Nature of Nature

 

Top and Bottom

 

Malfunction

 

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

 

 

Coda

 

What Shall I Do with my Newfound Pen of Light?