What do you think about the Golden rule?

<p>The golden rule can be found in luke 6:31, which states: Do to others as you would have them do to you. </p>

<p>What do you think about it? would people get along with each other if they followed it?</p>

<p>Awesome rule. Would work great, except for psychopaths who want others to harm them.</p>

<p>It's a good rule. As long as you don't follow it too literally and use common sense, this hypothetical society would be relatively peaceful.</p>

<p>Sounds pretty good. Too bad most morons don't follow it.</p>

<p>I pretty much agree with everyone so far. It's a great rule and I wish people followed it more... :/</p>

<p>What incentive do I have to follow it if others won't? </p>

<p>Game theory anyone?</p>

<p>Not true in all situations (minor case example - I'm reserved in public and slightly misanthropic, so I don't particularly like it when random people, like people in line at a store or whatever, initiate 'small talk' unless they're actually good at it. Others might enjoy the chance for conversation, however.) but generally that rule would be great if people followed it (in the right situations). Given the negative actions of others and myself, it seems as if it'd be easy to forget.</p>

<p>But it's funny to note that many people who do negative things to others also dislike themselves. (Not necessarily true for criminals - I don't think low self-esteem and criminality are related as often as it would seem, especially with extreme crimes where the opposite--however falsely propagated--might be true.)</p>

<p>Why would I assume people want to be treated the same way I like to be treated?</p>

<p>And what of the concept of justice? Wouldn't a better rule be: Treat others as they deserve to be treated? Is it not better to treat a thief as a thief, a philanthropist as a philanthropist, instead of treating them both as if they were myself?</p>

<p>In my household it's modified somewhat:</p>

<p>The person with the gold (meaning me)...... RULES !</p>

<p>(Hope you don't mind a little humor, very little humor, on the subject)</p>