During a recent History class, Mr. Kevin coined the term “The 10:6 Code” as a combined of rules he believes we must follow in order to live in harmony with others. The 10 refers to the Ten Commandments from The Bible, while the 6 refers to the Greek philosopher Xeno’s Six Stoic Virtues.

They are as follows:

The Ten Commandments

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not bow down or serve any graven image.

Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Thou shalt not kill.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shalt not steal

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s.


The Six Stoic Virtues

My word is my bond, so I give it carefully.

I seek to control my desires so they do not control me.

I seek good hard work.

I practice thrift.

I practice non-complaint.

I practice mercy.

There are many parallels between these two schools of thought, and, when used together, they form a screen that can prevent negative thoughts from becoming negative actions. The 10:6 Code is, as Mr. Kevin says, a foundation for social harmony.

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