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The Golden Rule The Golden Rule

The golden rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you", Matthew 7:12, is known as spiritual gift of rectitude, also as "imitation of God", it is the definition of the Good. It is the maximum ethical principle.
But which is the intrinsic meaning?
For that they act according to this rule, the "other matters", we go out in "help" of the neighbor. The golden rule means that for you "it is important, moves you and you are upset by the luck of the others", it means that you are "motivated" to change the luck of those who "cannot defend themselves". The golden rule (recitude) is a empatic rule, we act according to this rule why we place ourselves in the place of other. The empathy is a faculty of the spirit, a superior faculty of the mind, it is not a faculty of the soul like the simpathy. The golden rule is "the God's law in action", the Charity is rectitude, across it, the men act like brothers.
This ethical rule is the opposite thing to the egoism. For those who act after their own happiness, when the neighbor is a problem, the answer is: "am I going to worry for your life when I have to do mine?". Our neighbor, is under his own luck and the men stop acting like "brothers", so when the men toward their own happiness a disproportionate competition takes place for the resources and the man turns into "predator of its brother", this is the esence of the "sin". "We sin or we act according to the golden rule, the God's law". We choose, but let's remember, the law of the returns acts. For those that practice the sin only there is curse, that's why those who practice the sin complain.
Let's not complain if the things walk badly on a global scale, if there is no work and the banks confiscate the savings of the people. The golden rule matters for a few ones. Are you interested in this rule? Are you ready to change the world? Or are you going to keep the god´s law or you would complain that the things goes badly? You know already, the change depends of you.

2 comments

  • Comment Link Paul Ernest Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:00 posted by Paul Ernest

    The golden rule embodies intellectually, as an ethical axiom or maxim, our empathy with other humans and our intuition that thou and I are interchangeable - my luck could be your luck, your misfortune or pain could just as easily be mine.

    It is a deep and important rule. It is the basis of equality, equal rights, fellowship (fraternity), and the disre for all others to share the liberty we have

    It has nothing to do with the "imitation of God" if it exists - since that relationship is on an unequal footing with us supposed to worship god slavishly without equal reciprocation.

  • Comment Link Paul Mercken Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:17 posted by Paul Mercken

    The ethics of the golden rule does not need a reference to a god. It is valid for atheists as well.
    The formulation from Matthew 11:12 can be improved upon. It puts too much emphasis on the moral actor. The benchmark however should be the other. Treat x the way you would wish to be treated if you were x.
    And who is x, the other? The moral circle encompasses not only the present generation of human beings but also everything that can suffer as well as future generations. Hence the golden rule forbids me to harm unnecessarily all animals that can suffer and all future generations of humans and such animals.
    Therefore, the golden rule requires me to be vegan and to be ecological conscious, given the unacceptable expansion of the biological farm industry and the rapid deterioration of the environment, threatening the survival of our grandchildren.

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