The Octet – Eight guidelines for living your life

Hello reader,

There are an increasing number of people who have given up religion. The statistics for Australia show this to be the case and other places are following a similar trend. No doubt there are some countries that aren’t.

My contention is that society needs a set of guidelines to use in bringing up the kids and keep one and all on the straight and narrow.

Hence the compilation of the OCTET.

There are only eight guidelines. I researched on the Internet what I could find on the subject, came up with a list of thirty three which I condensed to eight.

So here they are. This is assuming you have not read them. Discussion of each follows.

THE EIGHT GUIDELINES OF THE OCTET

1. Live your life with the knowledge that this time you have alive is all that you are going to get, with no previous life having been had by you or that there will be another life after you die, so value this life.

2. Humans are social animals so enjoy and value time spent together with other animals, particularly those of your species.

3. This life is all you are going to have so value it. Do not cause society to remove your life from you because of your conduct.

4. Look after the well-being of your mind and body.

5. Take full responsibility for your actions.

6. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

7. All living things have a right to exist and all animals are equal.

8. Value the future on a timescale longer than your own.

Comments on each of the eight.

About 1.

On May 9th, 2015 I wrote the following on my blog.

It is easy to see why mankind invented religion. A few years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. Looking up the internet resulted in me anticipating not celebrating Christmas at the end of the year. Frightening. Fortunately Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne changed that with some very satisfying treatment, helped by the radiologists at the Private Hospital in Wodonga.

Prior to cancer being found in me I had been wanting to live for a hundred or more years more as the previous twenty years or so had been post Australia and very interesting. Working in Thailand, South Korea, and Nigeria and experiencing the culture and people had been such a change from nanny state Australia. There was so much else to possibly experience, not as a tourist, but as a working member of the society. The trouble with beginning late in life was that many people regarded me as being old. I thought of myself as anything but old. Generally anyway. Obviously I could no longer gallop across the grass. My back could get upset and remain so for several weeks before it fixed itself. Likewise my knees, or feet, or veins had problems that were not around when I was regarded as younger. Would you believe that my wife’s father had to retire as a policeman in Thailand when he turned 60. I spent two years in China post cancer where it was even worse for women. Get to 50 in the public service and they retire women because they are then old. Unbelievable. Anyway that all that has little to do with the end of life as such. If your life is visibly ending it is far more frightening than the change in life that comes from the transition from work to retirement. Get cancer and life appears to be over. It really pisses you off. Or it did me. In Thailand in 1999 I stayed at a guesthouse for a week and encountered a 59 year old American. He was of the opinion that he was ready to die. He had done all the things he wanted to do. I have never been in that position and cannot think that I ever will be. Hence the attraction of life after death, with or without the dozens of virgins. Buddhists believe that you are reborn as a new lifeform suitable to how you have behaved in your current life. This is an obvious incentive to be good in this one. So just what form will the two who got shot in Bali be in now? Would their original badness override their good works since being told they were to die? A cynic would suggest the good works resulted from impending death, an attempt to convince people they deserved to live, not from some intrinsic goodness. It does show that we should take regard of the laws of the countries we visit and not assume we will be travelling in a culture with similar ideas to Australia.

I know there was an old chap a year or two ago who went off to Switzerland to stop living because he had been alive for over a hundred years. I don’t think most of us would follow that path unless we were in constant pain as does happen to some unfortunate people.

Most of us would prefer to live forever.

Hence if a religion offers, as they do, such a possibility, it will get customers. Unfortunately some also suggest that particular actions guarantee eternal life in really great circumstances which results in completely inappropriate actions.

People need to be reminded that our existence is BIRTH – LIFE – DEATH. Sad, but true.

 

About 2.

  1. Humans are social animals so enjoy and value time spent together with other animals, particularly those of your species.

Some people need to be reminded to be more sociable.

I personally seem to spend a lot of time talking to Mum Cat, Bobbie Cat and Sissy Cat, and don’t particularly appreciate Bobbie wanting to come inside and have a biscuit or two at 2am.

 

About 3.

  1. This life is all you are going to have so value it. Do not cause society to remove your life from you because of your conduct.

Some countries do not have capital punishment, some do. Inappropriate conduct in a particular country can result in execution.

 

About 4.

  1. Look after the well-being of your mind and body.

This is a pretty obvious reminder to all although ignored by many. Fatties, druggies and the like are not heeding such advice, and they should.

 

About 5.

  1. Take full responsibility for your actions.

Nanny state Australia does not endorse this item. People going overseas can get into trouble when they do not take into account local laws.

 

About 6.

  1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

I think this is pretty obvious.

 

About 7.

  1. All living things have a right to exist and all animals are equal.

Australians have laws to ensure that humans do not mistreat animals. Unfortunately as has been seen recently the Aboriginal culture is exempt from these laws.

I particularly noted that the Sioux Indians say that all animals are equal and Buddhists do not kill animals.

 

About 8.

  1. Value the future on a timescale longer than your own.

Of relevance here is the assumption that humans can keep breeding like rabbits. There are already too many humans with other species becoming extinct. Your attitude to abortion is relevant here. Women must be able to control their own bodies and not have unwanted babies. More people means more mouths which means depletion of fish stocks and similar problems. It also means more electricity is needed so more use of carbon fuels which is resulting in the planet warming.

It has been proposed that two billion is the sustainable population for the planet.

PRINT COPIES OF THE OCTET

Save the image to your computer. Print copies of the Octet image. On A4 select two images. Unselect Fit picture to frame. Use 1200dpi.

Chapters and Excerpts from scripted books

The purpose of the scripting is to make the books useful to people wanting a range of plays for students of English.

The subjects of each chapter are topical to our future.

Chapters from Scripted Books

A chapter from Maxwell Empire Book 1 Chapter 2

A chapter from Maxwell Empire Book 1 Chapter 3

A chapter from Maxwell Empire Book 2 Chapter 6

A chapter from Maxwell Empire Book 2 Chapter 8

Excerpts from scripted books

The purpose of the scripting is to make the books useful to teachers wanting a range of plays for their students.

An excerpt from Maxwell Empire Book 1, Chapter 2.

An excerpt from Maxwell Empire Book 2, Chapter 5.

The following will be available after February, 2020

An excerpt from Maxwell Empire Book 3, Chapter 5.

An excerpt from Maxwell Empire Book 3, Chapter 7.

Maxwell Empire Book 1 Hunt areas 34 and 35 Tours

Maxwell Empire Book 1 Hunt areas 34 and 35  Tours

Maxwell Empire Book 1 includes descriptions of hunts taking place in Australia near Albury, NSW, and Sydney. Hunts take place when people destined for fish fooding attempt to recover their place in the living by engaging in a Hunt which they aim to win and survive.

The action in the Book 1 has taken place in the year 4576.

Hunt 34

See the terrain that will be confronting the hunters when engaged in a Hunt at location 34, the Mount Buffalo National Park, near Albury, Australia, mentioned in Chapter 16 of Maxwell Empire Book1.

Do a Google search for

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or see these links.

https://www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions/High-Country/Destinations/Mount-Buffalo

http://www.visitmountbuffalo.com.au/

Hunt 35

See the terrain that will be confronting the hunters when engaged in a Hunt at location 35, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia, mentioned in Chapter 1 of Maxwell Empire Book1.

Do a Google search for

around Sydney tours blue mountains

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https://aroundsydneytours.com.au/

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The Beginning of the Maxwell Empire

The Beginning of the Maxwell Empire

In the thirtieth century the Maxwell Government set up a program which is called the Development of the Maxwell Empire to spread humans throughout space. Ten spaceships are to be built initially and sent off to planets which can support life as we know it. They are from four or so light years to forty light years away so the time for a spaceship to get to them will vary from eight hundred years for the nearest to eight thousand years for the furthest.

The spaceships are just huge robots taking the DNA message of all living things on Earth to begin again on ten planets.

Maxwell 01 left in 3415 with Maxwell 02 to 05 leaving every hundred years and then a break of five hundred years because they realised they needed to hear from Maxwell 01 whether the procedures used on arrival at the planet worked.

They are built at the factories at Space City.

Table of Maxwell 01 to 10

Year left Earth

Planet

Distance in light years

Travel time in years

Year first signal received from spaceship in orbit around planet

3415

Maxwell 01

4.2

800

4300

3515

Maxwell 02

11

2100

5700

3615

Maxwell 03

12

2300

6000

3715

Maxwell 04

13

2500

6300

3815

Maxwell 05

14

2700

6600

4315

Maxwell 06

16

3100

7500

4415

Maxwell 07

23

4400

8900

4515

Maxwell 08

30

5700

10300

4615

Maxwell 09

39

7400

12100

4715

Maxwell 10

40

7600

12400

Year on Earth first signal received from spaceship in orbit around planet = Year left Earth + Travel time in years + Distance in light years

BUY BOOK 1

Set in the year 4576 Maxwell Empire describes life on Earth and the expansion of mankind to nearby habitable planets in a series of books following the activities of Jimmy the sportsman, Kailee his girlfriend, Scott and Simon on their tour of Space City and its various factories, and other Earthlings.

Read how people are coping with sea level rising, engaging in a Celebration of Life for those about to cease living, communicating with Maxwell 01, the spaceship in orbit around the nearest habitable planet outside our solar system, enjoying the conflict of the hunt when criminals try to avoid cessation of life by winning against a number of hunters, engaging in a vastly different education system to that of today, having robots do all the work, and other changes to life over two thousand years in the future.

England elevations

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Chapter 1 excerpt

Rusty eats Uncle Malcolm

Dad, Uncle Malcolm is going.

Sorry, Davey, but he has had his time here and must go.

But I love him.

Me too, but with his brain not working it is no longer him we talk to.

But Rusty could be eating him.

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Chapter 4 excerpt

Mum, the question is “Was the 2091 meteorite strike on China a good thing?”. What do you think?

Well, Sammy, it is really a question for you to consider. You have had all the information about that time input at your last session. What do you think?

Well, it reduced the world’s population by a half or so. But I would not have liked to starve to death. Or been killed fighting for food. Or fighting to get to the southern hemisphere.

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