Title: A Better Ten Commandments
Author: James Miller
Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Date of Publication: 4 September 2017
Contemplating of ways to kill himself with his father’s pistol at the tender age of nineteen, Miller felt like a social outcast with no life goals or hope in the future. A Better Ten Commandments does not wish to insult any believer or follower of any faith or religion. Miller only wishes to keep all the timeless lessons of humanity including those of faith. The guide is meaningful and lives up to being a useful book to illuminate humanity’s path to success.
Intended as a guide to living life with and on purpose, the book is instructive and enlightening. It provides some uncanny advice on several life events and issues that we all have to endure. Beginning with the talk of indoctrination, the book draws several anecdotes from Christian religious events specially the ten commandments and the difficulty of being right. Miller argues about the importance of objective truths and the need to evolve a science of morality. The origin of ethics is an interesting read.
The ten chapters cover ten different topics beginning with ways to be the best version of oneself. All chapters begin with some quotations by famous people of history such as Mahatma Gandhi, Henry Ford, Goethe, Epictetus, Swami Vivekananda, Jesus Christ, Charles Dickens to name a few. Loving selflessly begins with Charity as miller mentions ‘Zakat’ from Islamic principles. The other chapters include tips on practicing positivity, finding perspective, being grateful, cultivating a rational compassion, choosing growth, balance and living in the present. The advice is drawn from various religions, philosophies and ways of thinking. The writing style is easy to follow and the book is organised well. There is an attempt to unite all of humanity and their various modes of looking at life regardless of differences.
Miller perpetuates the idea of listening to everyone and every viewpoint and then to choose the best possible for oneself.