10 Qualities of Cultured People

What a letter from Anton Chekov to his brother can teach us about what it means to be a good human being.

There is a great article over at Brain Pickings on the qualities of cultured people. It was written by Anton Chekov – link here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/29/anton-chekhov-8-qualities-of-cultured-people/

As a Humanist, I love this list and wanted to translate it into a list of 10 basic rules for Humans and therefor Humanists.
  1.   Respect everyone you meet, regardless of station.
  2.  Have sympathy for everyone you meet, including those who annoy you.
  3.  Do not cause harm to others.
  4. Be honest, it makes life easier
  5.  Don’t wallow in self-pity
  6.  Don’t brag
  7. Cultivate your talents and put them to good use
  8.  Try to keep things clean and try to make your life beautiful
  9.  Ennoble your sexual instincts, don’t treat lovers as objects, they are real humans just like you.
  10. Always strive to improve yourself. 

And I just realized I’ve written my very own 10 list. aaaaggh! Forgive me. Just be good. Carry on. 

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