There’s been a lot of negativity flying about of late, what with the fat orange fella sticking his size nines in everything.
Protests, riots, building walls, burning bridges, immigration bans, failed black ops missions. There’s something new to roll your eyes at every day. It’s unsurprising then, that people all over the world are up in arms, (literally and metaphorically), by the Cheeto Chompin’ Chimp’s actions.
It’s not just affecting America. He’s threatening the stability of the entire globe.
With that in mind, I thought it about time we had a set of moral values to live by. Sort of a set of rules, or a code. Commandments, if you will. (I don’t know why anybody hasn’t thought of it before.)
So, here is The Gospel According to Dave.
There are 10 commandments with which to adhere.
First. Thou shalt not kill or hurt anyone.
This applies not just physically, but emotionally, psychologically or spiritually.
Two. Thou shalt not steal.
Actually, if you steal from someone you’re probably hurting them emotionally and psychologically, so I reckon it’s covered in the above.
New, number two. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s Merc. Or his gaff, or his 42″ plasma screen.
Come to think of it, if you’re envious about what someone else has you’re only hurting yourself. So, scrub this one as well.
Numero dois. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s missus. (Or ‘mister’ depending on your sexual orientation.)
New, new, 2nd Commandment. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Why? ‘Cause at least one of the triumvirate is undoubtedly going to get hurt. In all likelihood, all three of you will suffer at some stage. So, again, covered in number one.
Two, (again). Thou shalt not bear false witness.
E.g. Don’t be a lying little get. It’s bad for you and it’s bad for the person you’re lying about. And you invariably get caught out in the end. Number one probably covers this. (A fib is okay. Especially if it stops someone’s feelings getting hurt.)
Secondo. Honour thy father and thy mother.
I reckon your mam would be well upset if she thought you didn’t love her. Having said that, it doesn’t give them the right to mistreat you either. So, as long as they abide by the first commandment, you should abide by it too… no wait, I think we can shoehorn this under number one.
Deux. Thou shalt keep the sabbath holy.
I’m all up for a day off work. Tough one this, as you don’t want to hurt God’s feelings. But, what with shops open 24/7 it’s tricky for some folks. They have to work when the boss tells them or lose their job. I reckon if you take at least one day off a week we should have a bit of wiggle room here. But, at the end of the day, (or week ha ha), it’s covered in the first commandment.
Numero Due. Thou shalt not take the Lord’s name in vain.
Jesus wept. Bit petty. Then again, if it hurts His feelings, I reckon you should abide by the first commandment and you should be okay.
Zwei. Thou shalt have no other God but me.
Wooooh, get you.
That’s Hindus screwed then.
Look, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass whether you’re a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Sikh, a Buddhist or a follower of another religion. Heck, it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in any of them. I’m sure, if you stick by the first principle every one should get along just fine.
So, just to recap, the First and only Commandment is: Thou shalt not kill or hurt anyone.
Subclause: either physically, emotionally, psychologically or spiritually.
Hang on a minute… I reckon we can shorten this a tad. I’m pretty sure that killing someone would involve hurting them a bit. Well, if not them, their family and friends, so we can delete that bit.
The Gospel According to Dave (second draft):
Thou shalt not hurt anyone*.
Or, as my mate Kev says – Don’t be a dick.
Oh, and if you’re wondering who the woman in the photo is, that’s my Auntie Mavis. She likes a drop of sherry at Christmas.
*Does not apply to Donald Trump.