The Golden Rule and Dignity
February 24, 2011 8 Comments
From subjective lenses, I ( the first person perspective of my day -to-day reality), observe and interact with other people in my-world.
Other people are not me (or “I”) , but other people are like me…and with compassion and relatedness in experiential interaction … I assume that they are more than mere objects:
living-subjects immersed in their lives, like I am in mine, overlapping existence.
With that in mind,
I think that I would treat other people, these subjects (as I am a subject of my-world)….
I would treat them as I would want to treat myself . Just the same I wish to be treated as more than a mere object, I would expect to be respected by others as they would respect and treat themselves.
I am to treat others as I would want to be treated.
— A variant of the “golden rule” or “ethic of reciprocity “
I esteem “myself “ to be more than an object and expect the treatment by others, in their subjective, as they would treat “themselves”.
To me, the “golden rule” is a core subjective principle, one that I would like to see as a social or cultural contract. I think that this definition of human dignity as a related core principle.
The golden rule is a principle of many objective and religious philosophies:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.“ — Traditional
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” – book of Mathew, Christianity
“No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” — traditional Islam
“Every person has dignity and worth, and, therefore, should command the respect of every other person.”—Humanist Manifesto I.”
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — Leviticus, Judaism
Whether stemming from quality of subjective experience or the objective morals of religion, the ethic of reciprocity and dignity are the cornerstone of civil ethics and respect of individuals in any society.
They esteem the individual, they esteem the society.