Zeroism’s core axioms are composed of four parts:
- Theory: the philosophical premise.
- Caveat: the realistic complication.
- Pragmatism: the practical compromise.
- Affirmation: my assumed responsibility.
- An idea is exactly as strong as its arguments.
- The validity of an argument cannot always be determined.
- It’s usually necessary to act with imperfect information.
- I only believe in what’s necessary, but act according to what’s necessary.
- I perceive myself as thinking, therefore I must exist in some form.
- I perceive a reality beyond my thoughts, but it’s impossible to know if it actually exists.
- I am affected by my perceived reality, therefore it is significant regardless of its validity.
- I am alone in, and thus the sole master of, my experience.
- The sole inherent purpose of a living thing is to survive and thrive.
- Others will naturally value the quality of their own survival over mine.
- Cooperation can be an expedient over competition.
- I am responsible for securing my life and its quality through any necessary means.
- To allow harm is to endorse harm, and invite it upon yourself.
- Dispensing harm is sometimes necessary, defensively or to protect your interests.
- I must weigh the cost of accepting or dispensing harm.
- I am responsible for all harm I commit, and complicit in all harm I allow.
- That which brings me pleasure holds value.
- It is animal nature to over-seek value in both quantity and quality.
- Discipline is required to avoid the dangers of excess.
- I am the measure of all value to my existence, and am responsible for acquiring that value.
The “10 Commandments” of Zeroism
- Reason dictates belief.
- Simplicity over complexity.
- Presume the validity of nothing.
- Pragmatism over theory.
- Master yourself and your environment.
- Compromise is an expedient.
- Seek pleasure.
- Indulge with discipline.
- Do no harm.
- Take no shit.