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RESPONSE TO THE GOLDEN RULE-ONE OR MANY GOLD OR GLITTER quotations page numbers from Inquiry Questioning reading writing second edition by Lynn Z Bloom and Edward M White In his essay The Golden Rule- One or Many Gold or Glitter Jeffrey Wattles discusses the many carnations of the universal rule Do to others as you want others to do to you and its influence on the way we live This widespread advice from the Gods found in almost every religion is under scrutiny Is the rule golden In other words is it worthy to be cherished as a rule of living or even as the rule of livingInquiry p237 paragraph 10 As Wattles examines it further he comes to the conclusion that while the Golden Rule is good guideline it is no rule to live by He reasons that while the Golden Rules wisdom might be helpful to live exclusively by it is folly as the answer to life cannot be formulated in a mere rule golden or not Rather to consider this rule found in so many cultures as a jumping off point and elaborate or simplify as the specific situation requires I was intrigued by his outlook on such a rudimentary rule that I have never thought twice about While good advice I would have to agree that as a rule or as the rule it doesnt hold up I think that a rule is always fallible when it comes to ethics and youre better off on your individual sense of right and wrong Some writers have put the rule on a pedestal giving the impression that the rule is sufficient for ethics in the sense that no one could ever go wrong by adhering to it or in the sense that all duties may be inferred from it Inquiry p237 paragraph 12 Wattles goes on to contend that while you may want something for yourself that does not mean someone else
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