In the discussion thread: A Very Brief Return- for those resolving to be a "better person" in 2013. The Golden Rule. [View all]
Response to HiPointDem (Reply #3)
Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:59 AM
coti (1,320 posts)
4. Which brings up an important point.
I see defending those who are being unjustly attacked or oppressed as being in line with the Golden Rule, despite the judgment being in the mind of the defender, because of how the person attacked would hope to be defended by others, with the added measuring stick of whether the person being attacked has the means to defend themselves. If they don't (i.e., they don't have the money or political power to stick up for themselves), there's a good chance that they deserve and would wish a stronger, added opposition to the attack. It's also further likely that the attack is undeserved simply because the powerless make for very good targets- less chance of counterattack. They are preyed upon in this culture.
Which is part of the point I made in my first reply. What I have noticed in such situations where "positive action" is required is that the Millennial seem to kick the can down the road for the sake of "getting along"- there's a bit of moral cowardice in their attitude. They're not willing to stand up and rock the boat when there is someone undeserving being targeted, though their "opinions" on subjects, themselves, seem to be fairly liberal and "correct." They have a hands-off, it's-not-my-problem attitude. Such is the lot of gays, blacks, women, illegal immigrants, the poor, etc. Minorities without power being who commonly gets attacked, of course.
I believe that the Golden Rule requires more than just not hurting anyone- it also requires defending those who one would feel deserves it, if one was in their shoes. Treating others how one would want to be treated encompasses that.
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