Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Golden Rule

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Where does evil or sin come from? Let’s take a look at “The golden Rule”. Why is it common to all religion? It seems to me, that humans all seem to know “good” from “bad”. They know “good” because; when other people treat them the way they would like to be treated this is good. They know “bad” because; when they are treated in a way that makes them uncomfortable i.e. pain, fear and loss, this is bad. The problem comes from the fact that people are all different and are uncomfortable for different reasons so the golden rule was created with the mistaken belief that everyone felt the same way about how they wished to be treated. Your first thought would logically be; to treat people the way “you” wish to be treated and that works fine most of the time, as long as you don’t go anywhere. If you stay at home you are more likely to be around people with the same likes and dislikes, the same fears and apprehensions. The further humans spread out the more diverse we became. The separation of the early tribes of man gave rise to many new and diverse cultures; Cultures with different traditions, different taboos, different ceremonies and customs. This eventually leads to different interpretations of the golden rule. All sin and evil comes from your interpretation of the golden rule. I guess if I had to sum up a conclusion I’d have to say that all “morality” comes from our emotional responses to outside stimuli. Things that cause people to feel bad are labeled as sin or evil. Things that make us feel good are Labeled; charity, grace and compassion. It appears that both good and evil come from us, big friggin’ surprise there! No real need to point our fingers at make-believe deity's, demons and devils when a mirror would do quite nicely.

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