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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.”

Many think these rules require too much 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.





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