An Axiom – A Code of Ethics
By Steven Silvers | Jan. 16, 2012
The Golden Rule:
Treat others the way you want to be treated
Sometimes called the “silver rule” when presented as a “do not”…
If you don’t want others to mistreat you then don’t mistreat them
Let’s review a couple of important points from my earlier article.
Problem: Embodied in both religious and secular writings from all cultures and civilizations is empirical evidence of man’s utter failure to live in peace and harmony with one another, despite being taught to live by the simple but profound universal code of ethics, commonly called the Golden Rule.
- Why is it so difficult to treat others the way you want to be treated?
- Why is it so easy to mistreat others even though you don’t want others to mistreat you?
- Why are you tempted to behave so shamefully, sinfully and hypocritically against our fellow-man, and them against you?
There is a solution
There is a real and workable remedy to this problem of your inability to keep the golden rule!
It involves empowerment. You need to be empowered to be able to overcome this problem.
Empowerment is not some kind of “power of positive thinking” program. It is not a “religious system” of rituals or good works.
It is more basic than that actually. But first…
First, it is important to understand that there are obstacles in life that can have a negative affect on your desire to treat others as you want others to treat you. These obstacles are the result of having an inner nature plagued by greed and lust for power, which is referred to by some people as “a sin nature.”
If you agree that
- On the one hand, you have a conscience and a realization that you ought to treat others as you want to be treated; yet
- On the other hand, that you have an inner nature plagued by greed and lust for power; then
You should understand the concept of your “sin nature” being why you (and all others) struggle so much with living consistently by the golden rule.
Your inner sin nature is revealed when
- You know what is right yet you don’t do it;
- You know what is wrong yet you do it anyway; or
- You mistreat others even though you wouldn’t want them to mistreat you.
Remember the saying that you can be your own worst enemy? That’s often because of the effects of having a sin nature within you warring against your conscience – tempting you to think, say or do something contrary to the golden rule.
Oh wretched man that I am!
Who will deliver me from the effects of the inner sin nature that exists in me and torments me?
Q. At what point does an alcoholic, drug addict or abuser choose to go to rehab?
A. When they realize and accept they have a problem that’s bigger than they are and that they need help.
Likewise, you must realize that
a) You have a sin nature; and
b) You need help to overcome it and to empower you to live more consistently according to the golden rule.
This is Step 1. Step 2 will be discussed in my next article – coming soon.
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