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May 7, 2006

A Summary Of Golden Rule Ethics: The Underlying Rule For All Right And Wrong

By Rev. Bill McGinnis

Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated


This article is a summary of the web page, GOLDEN RULE ETHICS: The Underlying Rule For All Right And Wrong, "Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated." Properly applied, "Golden Rule Ethics" provides a powerful rationale for Progressive political values and policies. It is almost impossible to justify most Republican policies on the basis of "Treat others as you would like to be treated." So as the fall elections approach, I expect that we can put Golden Rule Ethics to very good use.

In 1963, President Kennedy invoked the Golden Rule to help persuade white America to accept racial integration as a moral obligation. It worked then, and it can work for us today, particularly in the area of Economic Justice, where the Republicans are particularly vulnerable.

The HTML for this web page, containing all the active links, is located at http://www.goldenruleethics.com .



This rule is known as "The Golden Rule." 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 similar circumstances?" Then treat the other person that way. Also consider the impact of your actions on all other people, not only those immediately before you.

If you need help in applying the Golden Rule to your particular situation, please visit "Golden Rule Solutions" at http://www.loveallpeople.org/goldenrulesolutions.html .

Some Version Of The Golden Rule Is Found In Most Religions - (See the list of examples at http://goldenruleethics.com )

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.

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.

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

"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."

Some People Believe That The Golden Rule Embodies All Of God's Law For Mankind, And If We Follow The Golden Rule, We Have Done Everything God Requires Of Us.

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. The Biblical reasons I believe this are found here => http://patriot.net/users/bmcgin/pearl-goldenruleembodies.html

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, because of the good it obviously accomplishes. It is truly the worldwide standard for human behavior.

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.

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!

Here is a list of ways to promote the Golden Rule: http://www.loveallpeople.org/waystopromote.html

A Draft Resolution To Adopt The Golden Rule: suitable for adoption by legislatures, school boards, boards of directors, various other organizations: http://patriot.net/users/bmcgin/resolution.html http://patriot.net/users/bmcgin/resolution.txt

Websites Which Promote The Golden Rule - see list at http://www.goldenruleethics.com

John Bigelow's Essay On The Golden Rule: http://newearth.org/frontier/grmain.html

List of Recommended Books About The Golden Rule: (Links at http://www.goldenruleethics.com) -Jeffrey Wattles GOLDEN RULE ISBN# 0195110366; Harry J. Gensler FORMAL ETHICS ISBN# 0415130662; Harry J. Gensler ETHICS: A CONTEMPORARY INTRODUCTION ISBN# 0415156254; Richard M. Hare FREEDOM AND REASON ISBN# 019881092X

A Call For Workers: We Need You! http://patriot.net/users/bmcgin/workers.txt

A One-Page Statement Promoting The Golden Rule =>Summary Of Human Ethics In Nine Words: http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/exhortation57.txt

You can become a member of The Committee For The Golden Rule by joining it at this website: www.groups.yahoo.com/group/committeeforthegoldenrule or by sending a blank e-mail message to this address: committeeforthegoldenrule-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

Membership is open to anyone who desires to promote the Golden Rule.

List of related pages and contact link at http://www.goldenruleethics.com

This page is brought to you by http://www.loveallpeople.org - Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director "Love All People As Yourself."

BLESSINGS TO YOU! May you thrive and prosper in everything you do.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

Submitters Website: www.LoveAllPeople.org

Submitters Bio:

Rev. Bill McGinnis is an Internet Christian minister, writer and publisher. He is Director of LoveAllPeople.org, a small private think tank in Alexandria, Virginia, and all of its related websites, including InternetChurchOfChrist.org,CommitteeForTheGoldenRule.org,CivicAmerican.com, and AmericanDemocrat.net. His agenda is to help maximize the happiness and well-being of all people. His blog is located at http://revbillmcginnis.blogspot.com