“And this is the other treasure. Following in the Founder’s footsteps, every member of this fellowship produces his or her own codex vitae, or book of life. It is the task of the unbound. Fedorov, for example, who you know” — he nods to me — “is one of these. When he is finished, he will have poured everything he has learned, all his knowledge, into a book like these.”
Jordan Peterson has written a whole book about 12 rules, John Perry Barlow has 25 adult principles. (Side note, I have not seem to have found many of these with nonmale authors. Please let me know if you are aware of some).
Why do this
Research has shown that writing down your values can be a powerful way to cultivate courage, compassion, and fight off stress. Great for a pandemic!
The Psychology of Change: Self-Affirmation and Social Psychological Intervention — Geoffrey Cohen (Stanford) and David K Sherman (UCSB) (The Annual Review of Psychology 2014)
Tony’s recommendation is to copy someone else’s and then fill in the blanks. I believe for something so personal, it’s better not to be influenced by what someone else wrote, so I’ve extracted out Tony’s sections without the content below, and also Buster’s topics underneath that. Feel free to grab those when creating your own.
I’m also going to write my own Codex and either link to it here or link to a piece reflecting on the experience (if I choose not to make it public)
Chapter One: Philosophy
Beliefs, principles and political values that guide everything else in the codex.
- Meta-beliefs about Life Principles
- Personal Principles
- Politics and Society
Chapter Two: Personal Systems
Systems and tactics for getting the most out of your life.
- Emotional Health
- Cat Mode
Chapter Three: Work
Lessons for business, work, and building things.
- Coaching Philosophy
Chapter Four: People
Beliefs and practices for other people.
Chapter Five: Nitty Gritty
Important habits to take care of the details of life.
Chapter Six: Influences and Recommendations
Best-of and other greats that you would return to and recommend to other people.
Chapter Seven: A Timeline of My Life
- Annual Gratitude Lists
- Named Years
Buster’s List of Topics
- artificial intelligence
- cognitive biases
- critical thinking
- game theory
- internal mental space
- nature of reality
- rules to live by