Lily: What you refer to as the "Golden Rule" is called in political discourse "moral equivalence," and it's considered taboo to even mention, much less discuss.
Moral equivalence simply means that "our" actions are judged according to the same moral standards as "their" actions. It is the most fundamental of all Judeo-Christian moral principles, in fact, the principle on which all other moral principles are based.
Yet, in mainstream political discourse it is considered not just wrong, but beyond the pale, a scandal.
The reason is: our political culture is dominated by moralism, as a substitute for morality.
"Moralism" is the application of moral maxims to others while excluding oneself; moralism IS the absence of morality.
Last edited by Guido; 01-20-2012 at 08:43 AM.
Quando vem a madrugada, meu pensamento vagueia
Corro os dedos na viola, contemplando a lua cheia
Apesar de tudo existe, uma fonte de água pura
Quem beber daquela água, não terá mais amargura
Danço eu dança você
Na dança da solidão