Rule: Be aware that all past, present, and future observations of Man about Reality have been corrupted by the self-serving nature.
Explanation: The First Rule applies to each individual. This only makes our effort to observe and interpret experiences with Reality even more difficult. There are ways to minimize the problem, though.
- When considering the observations of others, decide whether or not they were in the state described in the First Rule, Item 1. If so, the observation is more likely to be acceptable.
- Determine how much of the observation was likely to have been done intellectually and without feeling.
- Does the observation improve the unity of the high purpose you are working to support?
- Does the observations contradict any facts you have intellectually experienced as true?
- Does the observations contradict common sense conclusions you have made without feeling?
Summary: If any observation of Man doesn't contradict the Second Rule items, then it can be accepted until proven to not be true.