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Is the golden rule flawed?

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

What if what you want for yourself is not what others want done to them?

Perhaps the Confucian version is better: Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself, rather than forcing your views on other people.

Perhaps we let people do there own thing up to the point where it harms others?

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  • Mar 25 2013: The Golden Rule is a good rule, but the basis is deeper than just being a rule. The deeper meaning is desire to do good to others, i.e. learning to love our fellow humans. When rules are law, it is a dutiful consideration, but love transcends law and becomes attractive, fragrant in human relationships. Desiring to do good for one another advances civil and social living to greater levels of pleasure. Treating others a certain way because you feel you have to obey a law does not rise to sincere attraction.

    Both Confucius and Golden Rule are good when love is the basis for accepting them into one's life.
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      Mar 26 2013: Very good points mark, especially doing good for goods sake, out of love rather than obligation.

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