Maat or ma’at (thought to have been pronounced *[muʔ.ʕat]), also spelled māt or mayet, was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Ma’at was personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. Estimated to be 2,000 years older the Forty-two Declarations of Purity of Ma’at are a group of precepts that codified ethical behaviour and are the source of the Judeo-Christian “Ten” Commandments. The word, Maat translates “that which is straight.”

The world would benefit from re-introducing this concept of balance and truth.