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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is usually articulated as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The world would certainly be a happy, healthy, productive place if everyone followed the Golden Rule, and yet some misrepresent it.

For example, the masochist would have people beat him, so does the Golden Rule mean he should beat others? – OR – Does it mean the masochist would like for others to give him only what he wants, and thus he should give others only what they want?

The so-called liberal says that no one should take anything from a person like him by force, but that if he were like you, he would want others to use government to forcibly take the fruits of your labor, so does that mean he should use the government to take the fruits of your labor? – OR – Does it mean that he would like for government to forcibly take nothing from him, and thus he should want government to forcibly take nothing from you?

The progressive says that he should pay taxes and that government should have more money, and yet he never gives one penny more than necessary to government, and he will break the law whenever he can get away with it in order to give less to government, so does that mean he should want you to be punished for not paying taxes? – OR – Does it mean that he does not actually want to pay taxes, so he should not want you to pay taxes?

Fortunately, The Golden Rule is in our genes. It gives Nobility to those of us who carry the Soul of Humanity.

Jim
 

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Anonymous - January 19, 2016

There is a platinum rule: Do unto others as you would have God do unto you!

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Anonymous - September 1, 2016

Hello Jim, I agree the golden rule is important, but you are using the positive golden rule when you should really use the negative. The negative uses don'ts instead of do's. Think about it for a second, all laws are framed in negatives, so the golden rule should to. Visit this website that explains it better: philosophynow.org/The golden rule not do golden anymore.

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Anonymous - September 1, 2016

You know what Jim, that link to philosophy now.org won't work, just type negative golden rule on chrome and you should find the article at the top of the page.

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