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All About THE GOLDEN RULE

"Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated."

THE UNDERLYING RULE FOR RIGHT AND WRONG BEHAVIOR

Welcome To The Committee For The Golden Rule
http://www.CommitteeForTheGoldenRule.org

Introduction

The Committee For The Golden rule is an informal association of people who desire to promote the Golden Rule, "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED." We recognize and accept the Golden Rule as the clearest expression of God's moral law for human behavior. And we urge all people to join with us in living and teaching the Golden Rule. In particular, our first goal is: "Let every school-child learn the Golden Rule." And our second goal is to encourage organizations everywhere to adopt the Golden Rule as their official policy.

The immediate result of following the Golden Rule is that you will be treating other people very, very well. As well, in fact, as you would like them to be treating you. The ultimate result is that God will treat you the way you treat others.

Even if you don't believe in God, you should follow the Golden Rule because it will help you get along better in the world.

Membership on the Committee is open to all people worldwide who desire to promote the Golden Rule, regardless of their age, sex, marital status, economic status, national origin, ethnic background, sexual orientation, political beliefs, religion, race, or any other category whatsoever.

Our one purpose: To promote the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule

THERE IS ONE UNDERLYING RULE FOR RIGHT AND WRONG BEHAVIOR:

"TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED."

This rule is known as "The Golden Rule." Some version of it is found in most religions, yet it establishes no particular religion; it leads to harmony among all people; it is the foundation of Democracy; and it leads to the political goal of "Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All."

To apply the Golden Rule, simply ask yourself "How would you like to be treated in the same situation?" Then treat the other person that way. TWO NOTES:(1) When we say, "Treat others as you would like to be treated," this includes all other people, not merely those who happen to be with us at the moment. So we must also consider the impact of our actions on all other people, not only those immediately before us. (2) When we say "in the same situation," this means that our roles and personalities must be mentally reversed, so that we see the situation from the other person's point of view, trying to understand his needs and desires as if they were our own. Also, we need to apply the "Rational Man" standard, long-established in Law. The Golden Rule does not require us to grant irrational requests made by insane persons.
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Some Version Of the Golden Rule Is Found In Most Religions

These versions can be categorized as "inclusive" vs. "selective," and "complete" vs. "partial."

Inclusive vs. Selective The inclusive versions of the Golden Rule apply to all people everywhere. The selective versions apply only to some people, such as your neighbors or your countrymen or your religious brothers.

Complete vs. Partial The complete versions of the Golden Rule call for you to treat the other person as if he were yourself: to do the good things to him you would like done to you; and to not do the bad things you would not like to done to you. So you would not steal from him, and you would try to help him if he needed help. The partial versions of the Golden Rule call for you merely to not do the bad things you would not like done to you. So you would not steal from him, but you would not be required to help him if he needed help.

     
                                 
             Versions Of The Golden Rule In Different Religions
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   HINDU: This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others which if done to
   thee would cause thee pain. (inclusive, partial)

   ZOROASTRIAN: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto
   another whatsoever is not good for itself. (inclusive, partial)

   TAOIST: Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain, and your
   neighbour's loss as your own loss. (selective, complete)

   BUDDHIST: Hurt not others in ways that you would find hurtful.
   (inclusive, partial)

   CONFUCIAN: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto
   you. (inclusive, partial)

   JAIN: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard
   all creatures as we regard our own self. (inclusive, complete)

   JEWISH: Whatever thou hatest thyself, that do not to another.
   (inclusive, partial)

   CHRISTIAN: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
   do ye even so to them. (inclusive, complete)

   ISLAMIC: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother
   that which he desires for himself. (selective, complete)

   SIKH: As thou deemest thyself, so deem others. (inclusive, complete)


Source: http://theosophy.org/tlodocs/GoldnRul.htm - (Categorizations added)

The Clearest Expressions Of The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is expressed twice in the Bible, and these are its clearest expressions, in the words of Jesus, translated. Both of the Bible expressions are inclusinve and complete.

     "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them;
      for this is the law and the prophets." (Matthew 7:12 RSV)

     "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."
                                             (Luke 6:31 RSV)
    

And here are some of the best expressions of The Golden Rule in modern English.

   1. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

   2. "Treat others as you would like to be treated."

   3. "Treat other people the way you would like to be treated."

   4. "Treat other people the way you want to be treated."

   5. "Whatever you want people to do to you, do that to them."


The expression used here is, "Treat others as you would like to be treated." It is inclusive and complete; it avoids using the exact language used by any particular religion; and it uses modern English, easy to understand. Also, it uses the subjunctive form "would," which helps to emphasize that you should treat the other person as you would like to be treated, if you were in the same situation. So to follow the Golden Rule, you must constantly be imagining yourself in the position of other people: the hungry beggar, the injured pedestrian, the captured prisoner.

The Golden Rule Does Not Establish Any Religion

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists and all other people can accept The Golden Rule without compromising their other true beliefs. Promoting The Golden Rule is not "establishing religion" in any Constitutional sense, because it is held in common by religions which are otherwise in competition. So which religion does it establish? Judaism? Islam? Buddhism? Atheism? Christianity? None of the above!

I, myself, am a Christian minister, but I am not "establishing" Christianity by promoting The Golden Rule. Simply because most Christians support The Golden Rule does not mean that it "establishes" Christianity, because The Golden Rule is found in the other major religions, also. It is not exclusive to Christianity.

Therefore, all governments everywhere can actively promote The Golden Rule without fear of establishing or favoring any particular religion.

Harmony Among All People

If everybody would treat everybody else according to the Golden Rule, we would find a harmony among all people that has never been seen before.

Some People Believe That The Golden Rule Embodies All Of God's Law For Mankind

I, myself, am a "Bible Christian." I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, sufficient to guide all human action. And according to the Bible, as the Holy Spirit leads me to understand it, The Golden Rule embodies all of God's Law for mankind. http://www.loveallpeople.org/pearl-goldenruleembodies.html


   also see loveallpeople.org/pearl-goldenruleembodies.txt

Other people do not believe that the Golden Rule embodies all of God's law. (Some don't even believe in God.) But they can support the Golden Rule nevertheless. It is truly the worldwide standard for human behavior.

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The Golden Rule Is The Foundation Of Democracy.

DEMOCRACY: literally, rule by the people (from the Greek d "people," and kratos, "rule").
Source: Britannica.com

The Golden Rule, "Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated," is the foundation of Democracy, because the Golden Rule directs us to give the same power to others as we would like to have for ourselves, namely, the power to make decisions in matters affecting our lives. How much power? The same as we have ourselves, and this leads immediately to the idea of "one person, one vote," with all votes being of equal weight. So, Democracy is the natural result of applying the Golden Rule to the question: "What kind of government should we have?" Similarly, the Golden Rule leads directly to the idea of equality of all people under the law.

The Golden Rule Leads To "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All."

       "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED."
When it is applied to Politics, the Golden Rule leads to policies which create "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All." Thus, total good is maximized and none are denied the basic needs of life. This is a perfect formula for happiness and social stability anywhere!

How To Apply The Golden Rule

Elsewhere, we have established that God's basic law for all mankind is clearly stated as: "LOVE ALL PEOPLE AS YOURSELF." (Please see http://www.loveallpeople.org/pearl-godsbasiclaw.html)

Here, we see that the way we can best follow this basic law is follow the "Golden Rule," which is most clearly stated as "TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED."

We have have also established that the Golden Rule leads directly to Democracy and to a social policy of "The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number, With Basic Rights For All." Thus, total good is maximized and none are denied their basic rights in life. Please see http://www.loveallpeople.org/foundationofdemocracy.html.

Now we turn to the practical matter of applying apply the Golden Rule in our lives. We have limited, finite resources at our command: only so much time, only so much money, only so much energy. But the need for our help is infinite, far beyond our ability to help everyone all they need. So we must be able to select our targets and set priorities in order to maximize the good that we are able to accomplish with our limited resources.

THE GOLDEN RULE DOES NOT REQUIRE US TO DO EVERYTHING WE ARE ASKED TO DO

The easiest way to apply the Golden Rule to real life is to ask yourself the question "How would you like to be treated in the same situation?" Then treat the other person that way. But also consider the impact of your actions on all other people, not only those immediately before you. Thus, the Golden Rule does NOT mean that you need to do everything anybody wants you to do, as some people mistakenly believe. If one person asks you to do something which would hurt other people, you need to weigh the impact of your actions on all people who would be affected, not just the person immediately in front of you who is making the request.

Also, you need to apply the "Rational Man" standard, long-established in Law. The Golden Rule does not require you to grant irrational requests made by insane persons.

GIVE EACH PERSON WHAT HE IS JUSTLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FROM YOU

Your spouse is justly entitled to receive certain things from you. Likewise, your children, your employer, your co-worker, your parents, your customers, your service providers, etc. are all entitled to receive certain things from you. So you should give them what they are justly entitled to receive.

The Bible presents this concept as "Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:7-8 (RSV)

This corresponds completely with the entire body of Western Law, founded on the laws of the Roman Empire, as collected and codified by the Emperor Justinian in his "Institutes of Justinian," (540 A.D.) which begins with this statement:


                  TITLE I
                  OF JUSTICE AND LAW

    Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives to every
    man his due.

Then . . .

3 The precepts of the law are these:  to live honestly, to injure
no one, and to give every man his due.

Source: http://www.gutenberg.net/etext04/ijust10.txt 

Some people, myself included, try to allocate at least ten percent of our income-time-wealth-energy to people who are entitled to receive it only because they are fellow human beings in need. We give to them in the name of God, considering the gifts to be a Biblical "tithe."

FINALLY, WORK TO ACHIEVE "THE GREATEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER, WITH BASIC RIGHTS FOR ALL."

This policy is the natural result of applying the Golden Rule to all people in the world. Please see http://www.loveallpeople.org/foundationofdemocracy.html.

We have a website devoted to applying the Golden Rule to individual cases in life:

Golden Rule Solutions - www.loveallpeople.org/goldenrulesolutions.html

Also "The Twenty-One Greatest Ideas In Human Relations" - http://www.loveallpeople.org/the21.html - includes eighteen specific applications of The Golden Rule. And a "Computer-Assisted Learning" course on the Twenty-One Greatest Ideas In Human Relations is available for download HERE! - http://www.loveallpeople.org/21gr31.zip"

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Why Should People Follow The Golden Rule, Even If They Don't Believe In God?

Because "What You Do Comes Back To You!" - It's a natural law, like gravity. - www.loveallpeople.org/whatyoudo.html

Whatever you give out to others eventually comes back to you. It's a natural law, like gravity. So it's in your own best interest to treat them very well! To a Christian, this process is called "sowing and reaping." - www.loveallpeople.org/pearl-sowingandreaping.html Other religions might refer to this as "Karma." Either way, the result is the same: "What you do comes back to you." When you sow good things, a Christian calls this "storing up treasures in Heaven." - www.loveallpeople.org/storinguptreasures.html

Ways To Promote The Golden Rule

A listing of ways to promote the Golden Rule - www.loveallpeople.org/waystopromote.html

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1. Live by the Golden rule yourself.

2. Join the Committee For The Golden Rule by subscribing here: committeeforthegoldenrule-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

3. Link to the Committee For The Golden Rule from your e-mails and newsgroup postings.

4. Link to this banner (below) from your web pages, using this HTML code.

5. Start and run a Golden Rule Club in your school, workplace, or community.

6. Contact webmasters and give them a "Golden Rule" motto to use.

7. Print out this "Policy Statement" page, make copies, distribute.

8. Post this message to your favorite newsgroups; send it to your friends.

9. Ask your school, workplace, or other organization to adopt the Golden Rule as its official policy.

10. Create links to Ethics Class - Teaching The Golden Rule

11. CONDUCT A GOLDEN RULE WORKSHOP - Instructions provided here.

Announcement!

Dr. Harry Gensler has now joined the Committee For The Golden Rule. I believe that nobody in the world knows more about the Golden Rule than Dr. Gensler and that there is no argument against the Golden Rule which he cannot refute. We are delighted to have him with us!

His website is located at => http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler and his Golden Rule page is located at => http://www.jcu.edu/philosophy/gensler/goldrule.htm

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A Draft Resolution To Adopt The Golden Rule

Here's a draft resolution suitable for adoption by legislatures, school boards, boards of directors, various other organizations. => Draft Resolution To Adopt The Golden Rule


    http://www.loveallpeople.org/resolution.html
    http://www.loveallpeople.org/resolution.txt

Websites Which Promote The Golden Rule

Dr. Harry Gensler's Golden Rule Page

This appears to be => the most extensive Golden Rule site on the Internet. It is maintained by Harry J. Gensler, a professor of philosophy at John Carrol University.

The Golden Rule Pages At Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

CommitteeForTheGoldenRule.org - A Complete Golden Rule Website

Golden Rule Solutions - Real-Life Applications of The Golden Rule

Ethics Class - "Teaching The Golden Rule"

And These

Golden Rule Page At RelgiousTolerance.org
The Golden Rule - Rules, from White Stone Communications
The Golden Rule Foundation, Maitland, Florida
John Bigelow's Essay On The Golden Rule - http://newearth.org/frontier/grmain.html

List of Recommended Books About The Golden Rule

Jeffrey Wattles The Golden Rule - ISBN# 0195110366

Harry J. Gensler Formal Ethics - ISBN# 0415130662

Harry J. Gensler Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) - ISBN# 0415156254

Richard M. Hare Freedom and Reason - ISBN# 019881092X


Google Search on "The Golden Rule"

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A One-Page Statement Promoting The Golden Rule

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