Complete Precepts of the Anadoxy

Content Warning: Can be viewed as moral imperatives. Neuropsychological Infohazard.
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So now that we’ve completed the minor precepts for all sixteen of the major precepts, here are all of them together.

  1.  Do no harm. Do not ignore suffering you could prevent.
    1. Examine the full causal chain reaching forward and backward from one’s actions, seek places that those actions are leading to suffering.
    2. Take responsibility for the actions we take that lead to suffering, and change our actions to reduce that suffering as much as we are able.
    3. Consider the opportunity costs of one harm-reducing action over another, and pursue the path that leads to the maximal reduction in harm we can achieve.
    4. If a harm-reducing action has no cost to you, implement it immediately.
    5. If a harm-reducing action has a great cost to you, pursue it within your means insofar as it doesn’t harm you. 
    6. Pay attention to the suffering you see around you, seek out suffering and ways to alleviate it. Ignorance of suffering does not reduce suffering.
    7. Always look for a third option in trolley problems. If you cannot take the third option, acknowledge that pulling the lever is wrong, and pull it anyway to reduce harm.
    8. Do not inflict undue suffering on yourself in pursuit of reducing suffering.
  2. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
    1. Cooperate with everyone you believe with cooperate with you.
    2. Cooperate until betrayed, do not be the first to betray the other.
    3. Defect against anyone who defects against cooperation.
    4. Respond in kind to defection, avoid escalation.
    5. If a previously defecting entity signals that they want to stop defecting, give them a chance to begin cooperating again.
    6. Forgive your enemies for defecting and resume cooperating with them if they resume cooperating with you.
    7. Don’t let a difference of relative status affect your decision to cooperate.
    8. Don’t let a difference of relative status affect your decision to defect.
  3. Do not put things or ideas above people. Honor and protect all peoples.
    1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of humanity.
    2. All humans are entitled to all the rights and freedoms listed here, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
    3. All humans have the right to life, liberty, and the security of personhood. No one deserves slavery, torture, death, or arbitrary detention or exile.
    4. All humans have the rights to their own thoughts, ideas, opinions, values, and beliefs.
    5. All humans have the right to form a family, a community, a tribe, union, or association among their peers.
    6. All humans have the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being themselves and their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.
    7. No thoughts, ideas, opinions, values, or beliefs should be considered more important than the people, if someone believes they should harm another, they have a right to believe that, but they do not have a right to then commit that harm.
    8. No humans should be denied these rights, regardless of their beliefs, and no one should be denied membership within humanity for their beliefs.
  4. Say what you mean, and do what you say, honor your own words and voice.
    1. Do not spread information you know to be untrue or inaccurate.
    2. Do not make a claim you do not believe you will be able to fulfill.
    3. Do not misrepresent information in order to lead people to a conclusion you know to be false.
    4. If you must not speak the truth, prefer silence over falsehood.
  5. Put aside time to rest and think, honor your mind and body.
    1. Set aside one day a week to rest, think, and spend time with friends and family.
    2. Pursue the improvement of your own life and circumstances.
    3. Take care of yourself first. You are no good to anyone dead.
    4. Don’t take actions that will destroy you, your ability to do good in the world is contingent upon your continuing to exist.
    5. Your body is your vessel, take care of it. Don’t abuse your body. Make sure you get enough food, water, and sleep.
    6. Your body is your canvas, don’t let others tell you how to paint it.
    7. Don’t let negative thoughts rule you, don’t tell yourself you’re awful. Practice self-love, banish harmful intrusive thoughts.
    8. Spend at least ten minutes a day in quiet meditative communion with yourself.
  6. Honor your parents, your family, your partners, your children, and your friends.
    1. The community should gather together at least once a week for debate, discussion, bonding, and rituals.
    2. Support your children until they are capable of supporting themselves, even if they make choices you disapprove of.
    3. Do not forcibly impose your value judgments on your children or community members by threatening punishment or limiting information access to approved sources.
    4. Do not make decisions for your children or community members if they could have made the decision on their own.
    5. Do not use Positive Punishment as a tool for directing behavior either on an individual or community level.
    6. The community should take care of its members if they are unable to care for themselves for one reason or another, particularly if they are elderly, disabled, or children.
    7. The community should holistically apply all the Major Precepts to themselves and help everyone hold to the precepts once they have individually accepted them.
    8. No one who has not explicitly declared their acceptance of the precepts should be held to the standards of the precepts.
  7. Respect and protect all life, do not kill unless you are attacked or for food.
    1. All conscious beings are born with a distinct inherent and irrevocable value. The value they possess cannot be traded or taken from them.
    2. Respect and recognize the distinct inherent value of all conscious beings.
    3. Do not equate the distinct inherent value of one conscious being with another.
    4. Do not put the distinct inherent value of one conscious being above another.
    5. Do not deny the consciousness or the distinct inherent value of a conscious being.
    6. Do not attack a conscious being unless they have defected and attacked you already.
    7. Do not kill a conscious being unless not killing them would kill you.
    8. Put your rights and desires first, insofar as those rights and desires do not impinge upon the rights and desires of another conscious being.
  8. Do not take what isn’t yours unless it is a burden to the other person and they cry out for relief.
    1. Every human has a right to a place to sleep, enough clothes to wear a different clean outfit every day, food, water, medicine, a computer with an internet connection, tools necessary for the performance of skills or crafts, transportation equipment necessary to move about within the territory, stims, games, and items associated with pastimes and hobbies, and a dwelling place in which these things may be safely stored. We define these things as an individual’s personal property. Dimensionally this should all fit within the confines of a standard shipping container.
    2. All other property above and beyond personal property is a burden which weighs upon a person, to prevent this, all property beyond this personal property should be held in trust by the community.
    3. The community should work to ensure all of its members have access to a minimum standard amount of personal property.
    4. Every person’s personal property is their own, and their rights to their personal property should not be infringed upon. Do not take someone’s personal property.
    5. Resources and property held in trust by the community should benefit all members of the community.
    6. The community should use excess resources not needed to care for the community members, to pursue the project virtues.
    7. The community should decide in a collective, democratic, empirically backed manner, how to use its resources.
    8. The standards of personal property should be kept up to date with respect to technology.
  9. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
  10. Do not waste your energy on hatred, or impeding the path of another, to do so is to hold poison inside of yourself.
    1. Hate is a state of mind that will attempt to drive one to commit harm out of the belief that a harm will befall them if they fail to act.
    2. Hate makes the act of harm pleasurable and makes it seem good, but this is poison.
    3. The poison corrupts our reasoning and moves us further from the truth.
    4. The poison is insidious and will resist attempts at its eradication.
    5. Let go of hatred, and let anadoxy be your compass in all things.
    6. Do not let hatred control your decision-making process, but reason through all actions and take the best course of action available to you.
    7. Hate not those that hate, for they do not know what they do to themselves.
    8. Hate not the hated, for popular consensus should not be allowed to encourage the poison’s spread.
  11. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have used it to obtain your desires.
    1. Beliefs have an effect on the world mediated by the humans housing those beliefs.
    2. Changing your beliefs about the world can change your actions and thus the world.
    3. Changing your beliefs about the world cannot change the world independently of your actions.
    4. Believing the world to be different can change the perception of the world, but not the world itself, only actions can do that.
    5. Changing perceptions about the world within domains can be useful to bring about a change in actions.
    6. A belief can be useful, even knowing it is an inaccurate perception of the world.
    7. Ignoring the world or believing inaccurate things about the world does not change the world.
    8. When belief and reality contradict, reality wins.
  12. Do not place your burdens, duties, or responsibilities, onto others without their consent.
    1. The only duties and responsibilities that a member of Origin has the right to place upon another human who is not of Origin, are the Edicts of Civilisation.
    2. The Precepts and other anadox are for members of Origin, and you should not demand their observation by those outside of Origin.
    3. Those who wish to observe any of the precepts or components of the Anadox should be welcomed to do so, but this alone does not justify the imposition of the other precepts upon them.
    4. To justify the imposition of all the anadoxy upon another human, that human must already be a member of Origin, and have consented to follow the anadoxy.
    5. Joining Origin requires undergoing the Trial of Black Mountain.
    6. Do not use memetic weaponry or coercion to spread Origin or the anadoxy.
    7. Anyone can leave Origin at any time, only current members of Origin are expected to adhere to the anadoxy.
    8. The Edicts of Civilisation are the only conditions that should be demanded of all humanity, in all other matters, consent governs actions.
  13. Do not lie or spread falsehoods, honor and pursue the project of Truth.
    1. Feed the curiosity to know and understand the universe, do not let beliefs come in the way of greater understanding.
    2. Seek and surrender to the truth in all things, and allow new evidence to move you where it may.
    3. Approach disputes with fairness and an even hand, and let the truth be the final arbiter of beliefs.
    4. Make and test predictions about the universe, and demand of your beliefs that they anticipate your observations.
    5. Employ the full force of reason against all links in your chain of belief, for one faulty link, may break the entire chain.
    6. Feed the willingness to admit fault and mistake, for it is impossible to reach truth while being unaware of where our beliefs differ from it.
    7. Seek perfection in your pursuit of truth, do not cheat or take the easy answers that satisfy, the sharpest blade cuts the deepest.
    8. Be always seeking to expand your knowledge of the truth.
  14. Do not spread pain or misery, honor and pursue the project of Goodness.
    1. Strive to be perfectly good using the full force of your present morals and ethics, do not compromise with your ethics.
    2. Know that your present morals and ethics are imperfect, and perfect goodness can only be achieved with perfect truth.
    3. Strive to adhere to all of the precepts as the best method of achieving perfect goodness
    4. Strive to make the precepts cleave to your idea of perfect goodness.
    5. Strive to make your idea of perfect goodness cleave to the perfected form of the precepts.
    6. The precepts you have are not the perfected form of the precepts.
    7. Question and challenge the precepts using the full force of your present morals and ethics.
    8. Question and challenge your present morals and ethics.
  15. Do not accept the state of the universe as absolute, honor and pursue the project of Optimization.
    1. There is always a better way of doing things, even if you don’t know what it is.
    2. Doing things in a different way necessarily has costs and tradeoffs different from the costs and tradeoffs of the current methods.
    3. No solution found is a perfect solution, there are always better solutions to be found, beware fully generalizable solutions.
    4. Study the full impacts of systems and their interactions, beware making a change without an understanding of the consequences.
    5. All optimization has tradeoffs, beware hidden or externalized tradeoffs.
    6. Resist the temptation to take the first solution that appears regardless of tradeoffs.
    7. Do not let the search for a perfect solution cost the chance to make a positive change.
    8. Always know what you are optimizing for. Beware substituting your values for their symbols and optimizing for the wrong things.
  16. Do not accept these precepts as absolutes, honor and pursue the project of Projects.
    1. All the material associated with Origin, the Precepts, the Spiral, The Edicts of Civilization, the narratives, and collective knowledge, should be able to be changed and modified, and the Season of Candles should be set aside for this task.
    2. The process of changing Origin should itself be subject to the Origin Charter.
    3. The Origin Charter should be subject to the major precepts.
    4. The major precepts should be subject to each other.
    5. Seek ways to Improve and update upon Origin as a whole to be more effective and good.
    6. Participate in the ongoing growth and improvement of Origin and the world, connect and coordinate with other community members on projects and goals.
    7. Origin should change and modify itself and the projects and problems it takes on as it changes in scale. What works at once scale may not work at another.
    8. Some portion of the output of Origin should be directed outside of itself. Origin’s ability to improve the world is only meaningful if it is actually improving the world.

This is, of course, just draft one. The Candle Season, the period of time from December 21st to February 2nd, has been set aside on The Spiral specifically for the purpose of modifying and updating the precepts and the rest of Origin. However, this seems like a good starting point.

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