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Can we "improve" on the "Golden Rule"?

The Golden Rule is a general principle unlike the 10 Commandments which are a list of prescribed and proscribed behavior. However, it does not appear in the Bible and is commonly said to mean, "Do unto others as they would do unto you."

Is this a good idea? It puts the individual at the center of the universe. It establishes you as the reference frame.

Wouldn't it be simpler just to say, for example, "Be nice" or "Do good" or "Be good" or "Avoid doing evil"? This leaves the individual with an intuitive understanding of what is good or what is right and wrong or what being nice means but it is not centered around you.

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    Jan 3 2012: in short is has to do with our perception, which is based on our perspective, which is based on our theology and awareness, its funny because of what theology means to me, put loosely theo-logy, or god-logic.

    personally i don't believe there is any such thing as the ten commandments, if there was there wouldn't be war; especially by the people who claim to believe in them. some people believe in god, that's cool nothing wrong with that, but its what they believe about god that seems to cause them so much trouble and confusion, some people believe god gave them free will then commanded them; which is an entire contradiction in itself, firstly because people believe god issues commands and secondly because it violates free will.

    but like i said it has to do with theology, and its a really sensitive topic, like extremely sensitive.
    • Jan 3 2012: One problem I have with the 10 Commandments is that when you read the Bible, God spends about as much time defining our relationship with Him as to the rest of the Commandments combined (based on verbiage). When God tells us that taking his name in vain is more important than killing one another (based on the order of communication given Moses as set forth in the Bible) this, as someone who believes in the sanctity of human life, is simply wrong.

      Adam and Eve died for the right of free will i.e. they chose to disobey God and God enacted the ultimate penalties causing Eve and all women to experience the pain of childbirth and both of them died. Now God shows up with Moses and takes away that free will with the 10 Commandments.

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