The Platinum Rule
In reading "The Great Transformation" it is suggested over and over again that the Golden Rule is the greatest moral teaching ever. It occurred to me recently that this formulation is not quite right. It assumes that other people are basically the same as you and that what you like or hate is what they should like or hate. So rather than being the most elegant moral formulation, the golden rule is the the most arrogant, ego-assertive principle possible.
To fix this multi-millennial over sight let me introduce the "Platinum Rule":
Do unto others as they would have done unto them.Don't impose your view of right/wrong on others. Do them the courtesy of knowing what they want even if it deviates from what you think they *should*.
I'm not endorsing this as the ultimate philosophy, but I do think it fixes the inherent brokenness of the Golden Rule.