The 9 Demandments

Interested in being average? Settling in the meaty part of the Bell Curve? Don’t want to stand out, make a difference or excel at anything? Here are 9 way to go about doing so:

  1. Never question anything. Accept all you are told and act as if those are the only “facts” known. Base your life on living according to the rules, standards and expectations of others.
  2. Do what you are “supposed” to. Never do anything that you have passion for. After all, you may end up disappointed. Or perhaps too happy.
  3. Live safely. Never take a risk. Do not risk soul searching, insightful conversations or meaningful events. They may force you to look in the mirror and take stock of your life.
  4. Once you are finished with school, stop learning.  Do not learn a new language, an instrument, a sport or anything else involving newness. Status Quo is the governing phrase.
  5. Think about starting a business, asking that person for a date, dropping 30 pounds or living overseas for a year. Think about it. Just don’t do it.
  6. Get a 9 to 5 job you can barely tolerate because it is “secure.” Maybe a job with the government or something and do the bare minimum — just enough not to get you fired. Do 6-8 hours of actual work per 40 hour work week.
  7. Never excel at anything. Be as invisible as possible.  Keep your hidden talents, skills and abilities untapped.
  8. Don’t take care of yourself. Be overweight, have little energy, get sick 3.65 times per year and do absolutely nothing to change this. Be sure to complain and let as many others know about your perils as possible. Have children that do the same.
  9. Have a routine and never vary from it.  Be as rigid as possible.
Excited yet?
Me either, but this is how so many live their lives. They seek average, vote for the candidates that will keep them safely trapped in their “place” and look for others of like mind.
And for this, I feel grateful. We all have our book we must write about our life, one that is unique to us. The book that I have chosen is much different from any of the aforementioned and when I see someone following the “9 Demandments,” they are reminders for me that, as the poet Diane Ackerman beautifully stated. . . . . . .
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
David Orman