A list of axioms
See the definition of axiom.
I like to make lists, and I think that examples help people learn very quickly. So here is a quick list of some axioms.
- The “Golden Rule”: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- Similarly: It is better to give than to receive.
- No one is perfect. All humans are fallible. We all make mistakes.
- In American journalism: “Get it first, but get it right.” In American nighttime television news: “If it bleeds, it leads.”
- In economics: The greater the supply of a product, the lower the cost to the buyer, and conversely, the greater the demand for an item, the higher the cost to the buyer.
- In history, researchers should investigate any source that they find. But they should be treat none of them as gospel.
- As a teacher, I have a few axioms: If you don’t assign deadlines, most students will not complete work. If students aren’t tested on material, they will be less inclined to study it. If a teacher comes late to class, the students will also tend to come late.
- Mathematical principles: A point has no dimensions. A line has one dimension only with an infinite number of points. A plane is a flat surface with only two dimensions and contains an infinite number of points and lines.
- From Peter Straub and Stephen King’s 1984 book The Talisman: “Boys are bad. All boys are bad. It’s axiomatic.”
Please add your own axioms in the comments below. :)