Pros And Cons Of The Golden Rule

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There are different internal compasses that people utilize to point them towards the path of morality. The most common that probably still remains is The Golden Rule also referred to as the ethic of reciprocity. The Golden Rule stands for: “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Some consider the Golden Rule to be the most universal of moral principles. Yet it does not always send a positive message. The Golden Rule is endorsed by all the great world religions; Christian, Buddhist, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and so on. Even though the golden rule is considered as the rule to teach you how to respect people and their feelings yet sometimes it can be wrong. When I was in high school a friend of mine commented on my Facebook picture a message that I was not fond of, when I confronted him, he told me that he did not realize it will make me mad, and that that kind of message would not upset him. We often base our assumptions off of hypothesizing how someone else might feel or react in a certain situation. Yet we do not have the same point of view, or the same feelings which makes assumptions a dangerous thing. The Golden Rule might work in a certain situation and that will give you respect and confidence towards that person. However, you cannot always know what that person feels or want. People constantly “help” others in the way that they themselves would want to be helped, but the other person does not feel helped at all, because it is not the way that they want to be
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