Don’t Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated

Ethics — perhaps the notion of treating others how you would like to be treated is a bad one. Perhaps the notion of the golden rule isn’t great.

My thoughts:

Where the golden rule is bad

Let us consider me as a meat-eater — if I treated others (vegans) the way I would like to be treated. This would be bad, because I think:

I LOVE EATING MEAT! Thus everyone else will love eating meat. I will be a good and virtuous person and give a free T-bone steak to every other human I meet.

Everyone is different.

Everybody is different. The notion of ‘equality’ is a bit misguided. The notion of equality is:

All humans are the same, and thus should be treated the same.

But also inherent in this notion is:

All humans think the same, behave the same, have the same hormones, have the same thought patterns, and same end-desires and goals in life.

This is where utilitarianism (the betterment of all mankind, equally, to maximize happiness and maximize comfort and minimize pain and suffering) is flawed and wrong.


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