A liberal decalogue- Bertrand

Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

-Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
-Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
-Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
-When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
-Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
-Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
-Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
-Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
-Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
-Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

Published by Cynthia K Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah is a Kenyan author, poet and filmmaker. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India, IHRAF, Women narratives on power USA, 2021. Cynthia also contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper. and is also a filmmaker. Her films are streamed on shaharavideos.com Recent recognitions and awards Recipient of Jahazi Press inaugural Masterclass 2022 May-Aug . Film, Inyumba Yu Mulogooli, was selected in the recent Kalasha International film and TV Market festival with screenings in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa from June 10-26, 2022. Recipient of Filamu dada women empowerment opportunity by docubox.org., highlighting female leaders. Inyumba Yu Mulogooli selected for Abuja International Film festival 2022 EDUCATION Bachelor of Education degree ( Linguistics and Literature), Kenyatta University class of 2010 Fulbright scholar, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brown University: 2012-2013 Currently: Teacher of Language and Literature and IB coordinator in Caracas, Venezuela.

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