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Apr 27, 2019 23:31:57

The Platinum Rule

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Haider Al-Mosawi

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A few years ago I was introduced to the concept of The Platinum Rule, which is a modification of the famous Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule states: "Treat people the way you want to be treated."

The Platinum Rule states: "Treat people the way they want to be treated."

The modification is intended to address the basic assumption we might have that others share our preferences, when they don't.

I've always interpreted the Golden Rule as the Platinum Rule.

For example: suppose I prefer beef over chicken. If I wanted to order food for someone else I'm not going to order for them based on my own preferences. I would think: I would want others to buy me food based on my preferences, and so I will do the same and find out what their preferences are before buying.

The Golden Rule isn't intended to be a way of projecting our own views and preferences on others, but as a reminder to empathize with others and to be considerate of their thoughts and feelings.

Whether you relate more with the Golden Rule or the Platinum Rule (or see no difference between them), I'm sure you can appreciate the need for more empathy in the world, and I feel like it's still culturally prevalent for people to project their own likes and dislikes on others. If they don't enjoy a movie they don't let others enjoy it but have to mock or criticize their choice of movies.

We need to let people enjoy the things that bring them joy, without imposing our views and values on them.

What do YOU think? :)

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