The 10 Commandments, Charleton Heston on the mountain, stone tablets being engraved; many from previous generations memorized all ten, or tried. Some schools and public buildings have monuments to the 10 Commandments and there's a cute little sign in some places that says, "They're 10 Commandments, not 10 suggestions." Technically, they're not commandments they are 10 sayings. The word in Hebrew used for the word, "commandment", is an interpretation. But why these commandments or sayings or whatever?
In part, I think religious writings are the result of an experience, an unexplainable experience that someone had with something "holy". I also think that religious writings are for readers and hearers to explore a pathway to the mind heart, and soul of God. But, what happens is that people seeking power use religious writings for their own personal purpose- usually to control the actions and thoughts of someone else. The religious writings which once had a noble and godly purpose are coopted and corrupted.
The story goes that a Rabbi was once asked to stand on one leg and recite the Torah. The Rabbi lifted one leg and said, "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself", and he lowered his foot to the ground. Jesus said, "Do to others what you want done to yourself."
Interesting thing, this saying by the Rabbi and the similar comment made by Jesus has been said by many religious leaders in many religions- maybe God is trying to tell us something.