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The Golden Rule

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is the most common version of the golden rule. 

It has a corollary in the so-called “silver rule,” which encourages restraint and non-harm: “do nothing to others you would not have done to you.” This can be linked to Kant's Categorical Imperitive which states one ought to act as if ones actions served as the model for a universal law.

Many think these rules require too much from the average person and are therefore idealistic.  The golden rule is of course meant to be followed. In a world where free riding is the norm the golden rule seems to require a saintly, unselfish disposition.

Yet, we have to view the golden rule in proper context. In families and groups of friends the need for strict accounting is not demanded. The family and social network has a life of its own and it is not just individuals juxtaposed together.

The golden rule is designed for small-group interaction and is applicable in situations where face-to face relations dominate. It is not just that a failure to reciprocate in kind will be noticed the reprocity does not need to be direct one has to just contribute to the group not a particualr individual in it.

The golden rule represents a basic organizational truth and is much-reputed for being the most culturally universal ethical tenet in human history. Its simplicity and universality suggests a link to something basic in human nature. This we believe is property ownership.

In its most basic form personal ownership is unversally recognized. Even very small children are possessive.

Cultural Rationalists believe that to do unto others as we would have them do unto us requires property and is in fact an expression of the moral doctrine of owners who respect the ownership rights of each other, that without ownership moral culpability and responsibility is not truly acheivable, which is perhaps why the bible talks of the slave owner treating his slave as his brother.

We believe human rights are intimitely connected to property rights. We cannot act as if our action was to be a universal law if we are not property owners and others are not equal to us in this respect. There is a dynamical division between the owner and the dispossessed that cannot be bridged.

Humanity and justice requires property ownership.

 

 

 

 

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