Golden Rule Morality

I attest that Golden Rule Morality is found in some form in all cultures, and like Karma Rule Morality, I consider it to be a basic level morality. The underlying formula for the Golden Rule is, “do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule links my well-being with another’s well-being. The Golden Rule is basically: 1.) reactive in that I act and you react, and 2.) passive where no harm is done. The Golden Rule is really about “me,” for there is the assumption that others want to be treated the way I want to be treated. The Confucian teaching of the Golden Rule can be stated in the negative and is called the Silver Rule:  Zigony –  “Is there  any  one word that could guide a person throughout life?” Master –  “How about ‘shu’ (reciprocity); never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” (Analects XV)  Some versions of the Golden Rule are:

Golden Rule

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