How to Use This Codex
If you are Muneer:
- Develop a habit of using the Codex as a repository for beliefs that develop throughout the year.
- Consider doing a monthly review of whether my life is in alignment with values and beliefs. If not, should my behavior change or have my understanding and values changed?
- Do a yearly review in January of the entire document, editing places where beliefs have changed. Expect beliefs and tactics to change — don’t hold on to them too rigidly.
If you are not Muneer:
- Read this with the understanding that you are different than Muneer— the way he lives his life is not the way you should live yours.
- Consider creating your own Codex Vitae. Feel free to copy anything here that is helpful.
Beliefs about beliefs.
- Perceptions color beliefs in a way that prevents humans from having identical beliefs.
- No belief is absolutely correct.
- Beware of anyone who is totally convinced that their beliefs are correct.
Fundamentals that guide my life.
- Never stop learning new things.
- There should be no group or insitution that is absolutely insulated from criticism.
- There needs to be an adequate safety net to help people who are experiencing tough times.
- This includes not cutting off benefits to people when they begin working again, but do not yet have the resources to have minimal financial security.
- There should be an incentive for people to work.
- This means that we need to do things like give retraining to people in dying industries.
- It does not mean increasingly draconian cuts to public assistance.
- We need to encourage people to acquire skills that will keep them working.
- Sinecures should be eliminated wherever they are found.
- We need to reduce the amount of no-value adding bureaucracy.
- Regulations need to be put up for periodic review in front of a citizen committee that contains as much diversity of viewpoints as possible.
- The law needs to be simplified to a level where it can be understood by an educated layperson
- There needs to be a minimum expected level of competence for adults.
- Elections should be publicly funded in full.
- There should also be a cap on how much can be spent on elections. The amounts can increase as the level of the election changes. For example, a person running for a county office should not be spending at the level of someone running for state office.
Things that have changed my life
- Marcus Aurelius- Meditations, translation by Gregory Hays
- Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber- Trust Us, We're Experts!
- Adam Davidson, "Out of Iraq", Harper's, Feb. 2005.
- Donovan Hohn- Moby-Duck
- Neal Stephenson- In The Beginning Was The Command Line
- Neal Stephenson- Mother Earth, Mother Board
- Tim Urban- How and Why Space X Will Colonize Mars
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist
- The Wire