Ahhh, the Golden Rule. Supposedly if we each keep that rule the world will be a better place. Too bad most people either forgot or never learned how true that rule is.
Today’s interpretation of this ancient moral maxim is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s a nice positive directive.
“You should NOT treat others in ways that you would NOT like to be treated.”
(Whatever, Sister Mary Gotcha)
I know Christians like to claim this rule as their own. Hardly true. If they want to claim it because in Leviticus it says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” so be it. But if God wrote those words he was plagiarizing words he might have wrote many thousands of years earlier.
The Golden Rule is in every ancient script, every old piece of papyrus, and in the oldest religious texts way before the Hebrews developed a means of writing.
Some of the interpretations are off kilter.
THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT GOLDEN RULE
Each of every ancient Golden Rule is stated almost the same. The Rules of Reciprocity work. The Egyptian Goddess Ma’at stated, “Do the doer to make him do.” (2040 BCE)
Always having a nice way with words, Confucius stated in 500 BCE “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” That kind of makes sense. Actually they all make sense in their own words.
This ancient Sanskrit epic of India, written in 800 BCE, has a paragraph containing advice to the King from his wise minister, Vidura. In this writing there is constant use of the word “dharma.” Dharma means good conduct. Remember that when you see the word. Good Conduct. Here is what the minister told the king about living life in the best possible way.
“Listening to wise scriptures, austerity, sacrifice, respectful faith, social welfare, forgiveness, purity of intent, compassion, truth and self-control — are the ten wealth of character (self). O king aim for these, may you be steadfast in these qualities. These are the basis of prosperity and rightful living. These are highest attainable things. All worlds are balanced on dharma, dharma encompasses ways to prosperity as well. O King, dharma is the best quality to have, wealth the medium and desire (kāma) the lowest. Hence, (keeping these in mind), by self-control and by making dharma (right conduct) your main focus, treat others as you treat yourself.“
I love those 10 Wealths of Self (character).
Don’t mean to get preachy today, but the Golden Rule just doesn’t work for some folks. Sometimes we have to use the Platinum Rule. It’s a rule I learned decades ago as a salesman. NO, it’s not manipulative. Even the Golden Rule can be manipulative if used with that purpose.
Not all people are motivated by the same things. That’s where the Platinum Rule comes in.
THE PLATINUM RULE
“Treat Others as they Want to be Treated”
Don’t force shy people into the center of attention.
If another person likes public recognition, give it to them.