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(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)

This is the negative version of the Golden Rule ("do to others as you would have them do to you"). My objections to the general application of the Golden Rule are two-fold:-

  1. Firstly, the Golden Rule presupposes that all peoples' aims and desires are identical (or at least similar). In fact, though we have observed areas of commonality, what I may want in any particular situation may not be what you would want. It is possible to ameliorate the Rule by modifying a rephrased version from "do to another as you would have him do to you if you were in his position" to "do to another as you would have him do to you if you were him". Unfortunately, this presupposes an intimate knowledge of other people's desires which may, in practice, be difficult to obtain.
  2. Secondly, the Golden Rule only makes sense (however virtuously altruistic it may be) in a theocratic rewards-based world view. It is too onerous for consistent non-theocratic application.

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