Monday, September 26, 2005

Golden Rule... Re-done


A student brought me something cool he learned/got in class today. He wanted to talk about a new way of looking at the whole Golden Rule thing we all grew up with. Good discussion.

I'd heard these a long time ago while in college, and it challenged me to look at the assumptions I make about how others (and I) would want to be treated.

Golden Rule: You treat others as you would like to be treated. (a self-centered point of view, only takes into account your perspective and view, and assumes others want to be treated as you; or that everyone wants to be treated the same)

Lead Rule: You treat others as you think they should be treated. (another self-centered point of view, only takes into account your perspective and view, and again assumes others have no preference in how they want to be treated)

Platinum Rule: You treat others as they would like to be treated. (a view that takes into account how the other person wants to be treated, regardless of your own self view; takes a little more work to find out how the other person would want to be treated, responded to, etc... This is where we should be aiming to be in our lives)

A little reflection, and it helped the student see and un-learn something he's grown up with all his life. Cool what going to class, and having a progressive professor, can do.
fs

1 comment:

awwsoulReal said...

Interesting Fred, I think the Platinum Rule is one we call can use, giving those a choice in the way they want to be treated instead of relying on assumption of how we want to be treated.