THE SILVER RULE

The Silver Rule is a more robust version of the Golden Rule. As the Golden Rule says do unto others what you want others to do unto you, the Silver Rule states, do not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.

These two rules are very similar, but different. How so? With the Golden Rule, you walk around doing good, where as with the Silver Rule you leave people in peace. So the Silver Rule is more consistent with live and let live. There’s nothing wrong with doing good, especially when it is done on a personal level, more honourable in secret. The danger with doing good is that some people get so intent on it that they end up making so many people suffer. This is especially true when done on large scale. This is the cause of tragedy in socialist and communist regimes. There is a reason why it is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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