Monday, May 16, 2011

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is a universal principle:
"In  everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets." - Jesus

"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself."
- Confucious

"And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." - Bahá'u'lláh

The Golden Rule of honestly searching for truth:

When discussing worldviews and religious beliefs, treat another's arguments the way you would want your arguments to be treated.

This means that if you want someone to listen to your arguments and actually give them a chance (instead of writing them off as false before even listening), then you should consider the possibility that the other person may be right. It also means actively listening- as opposed to thinking about how you will refute what someone says while they talk.

Don't assume that you have all the right answers before the conversation begins! To do so is to eliminate the possibility of progress.

Instead of looking for the answers you want, or the answers you grew up with, look for truth whether or not it matches what you currently believe.

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