The Golden Rule predates the term (the Golden Rule) itself. It was used to settle wars and end conflicts and is used by all religions as a concept today "to do unto others"
It is also known under different terms, we've all heard the terms;
- Brotherly love,
- Double standard,
- Live by the sword, die by the sword.
- The harm principle
- The story of the three wise monkeys.
The Golden Rule is a maxim and states an ethical code to live by, either one of these two reciprocal or two way concepts 1) the Positive outlook, that you should treat others, like you want others to treat you, 2) the Negative outlook, one should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated. It's a two way street.
It encourages you to empathize psychologically with your neighbour, putting yourself in their shoes. Philosophically to perceive your neighbour as a person with feelings much like your own and socially treating all members of society equally. They are the ground rules for human rights and justice.
George Bernard Shaw once said, "The golden rule is there are no golden rules!" Because you can't possibly know how others want to be treated.
Others say, "Who has the gold makes the rules!"
Don't mistake the Golden Rule as the Silver Rule; Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you.
They sound alike so take heed, they are two different concepts.
It applies to blogging also...
Ref. The rules of the Game (Carl Sagan)