Thursday, April 09, 2015

On the golden rule

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" they say.

I disagree.

For instance, you may like being a recluse, but forcing that on others is simply imprisonment. And you may enjoy sky-diving, but forcing it on someone who's afraid of heights is simply torture. As is forcing a vegetarian to eat steak, your kid to play a sport he hates, someone to worship your deity, or to be your friend (this one would in fact get you a restraining order, so, just, don't).

And see, that's because, we're not in fact all the same. What you want is not what I want. 

Hence, here's my proposed amendment to the "golden rule":

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

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