We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I liked Barlow's list, but thought rule 15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness was just wrong. Maybe he was thinking of hedonism or schadenfreude (happiness at the misfortune of others), but rational happiness is the human emotion which lets us know that we're doing things right.
Happiness is a much more carefully measured metric than most people realize. There are known formulas for finding happiness that simply are not made public.
One big part of happiness is congruence. In other words, what you believe has to much what you say and do. Another part of happiness is transactional; what kind of script are you living? Most people don't even know.