A list of axioms

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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. :)

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