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    I’m interested in this response - business is evil. I actually agree! But there are gems to be found everywhere. I would like to treat you the way you want to be treated. I think that works well in all relationships.

    It’s not important - just thinking aloud.

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    Business is business, and I guess some people associate it with taking advantage of people or looking at them as a number. That is not at all what you were suggesting, you were saying treat people the way they want to be treated, which sounds like good manners and closely related to the Golden Rule.

    I guess I try to treat them the way I want people to treat me unless they express desire for something different, as it can be confusing to try to tailor my approach--I try to be honest and pleasant when I can, and try to shut up when I can't.

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    Tammy, after giving it some thought, I like the Platinum version. It includes a need for empathy, consideration for alternatives to my own.
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I think you guys are overanalyzing the Golden Rule.
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    I agree. The Golden Rule may not be perfect in some eyes, but it's a darned good starting place. It covers a lot of territory.

    I've not kept up with the entire thread so maybe it's been mentioned, but forgiveness has been valuable quality for me to work on. I'd also rate compassion and service to others highly. I could probably spend a few lifetimes working on those three things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
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    I agree. The Golden Rule may not be perfect in some eyes, but it's a darned good starting place. It covers a lot of territory.

    I've not kept up with the entire thread so maybe it's been mentioned, but forgiveness has been valuable quality for me to work on. I'd also rate compassion and service to others highly. I could probably spend a few lifetimes working on those three things.
    Forgiveness, genuine in-your-heart forgiveness, is super important. It is to the benefit of all parties.

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    The difference I see between the two rules is that the Golden Rule can be applied pretty much any time and any where, while the Platinum Rule means you need to get to know the other person in order to find out how they would like to be treated - i.e. more person-to-person engagement. (a more personal connection to generate understanding - which I DO see as a good thing!)

    I don't really have the time nor the where-with-all to personally engage with every person I come in any kind of contact with, so I'll still just be nice.
    To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer." Mahatma Gandhi
    Be nice whenever possible. It's always possible. HH Dalai Lama
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    Plus the fact that if you "do unto others as you would have others do unto you, that implies that you would want others to honor your own unique preferences, so you would do the same for them--honor their unique preferences.
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    Kindness suffices)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Plus the fact that if you "do unto others as you would have others do unto you, that implies that you would want others to honor your own unique preferences, so you would do the same for them--honor their unique preferences.
    That is true! The golden rule is perfectly fine and suffices for smooth human relations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    That is true! The golden rule is perfectly fine and suffices for smooth human relations.
    Exactly, the main thing is to make sure that those around you are willing to follow it!

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