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I believe that all human beings are precious, special and worthy of treatment based on The Golden Rule: that is, treat others as you would want them to treat you. I don’t lie, cheat, steal, discriminate, or arbitrarily restrict, because I don’t want people doing this to me. If I see someone suffering, beyond empathizing / feeling their pain, I give them compassion. If I see someone in need, I practice a “village ethic of mutual help”: I help them because someday I may similarly need help from someone. (Note: For many, the universal ethical principle known as the Golden Rule is the basis for a rational absolute morality. Some connect it with promoting good karma, others with “good cannot flow from evil.”)

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Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values generalized reciprocity in material and labor exchanges

reciprocal altruism / TIT for TAT orientation

can feel others' pain and suffering, values empathy

values kindness, compassion

summary Wikipedia article: The Golden Rule

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2232

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 96

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More to Explore--Worldview Theme #16: The Golden Rule, Village Ethic of Mutual Help  

Helping Behavior (from online encyclopedia)
Silver Rule (from online encyclopedia)
Compassion Fatigue (from online encyclopedia)
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (Stanford University center and website)
Worldview Watch #38, posted 5/16/2014 "Connecting September 11, 2001 to Worldview Themes"
Committee for the Golden Rule
The Golden Rule Foundation ("inspiring children to give to others")
Random Acts of Kindness (non-profit organization devoted to "inspiring a culture of kindness in our schools, homes, and communities")
The Golden Rule (everything about the philosophy behind this)
Shared Belief in the Golden Rule
The Golden Rule in World Religion
The Golden Rule--A Proper Scale for Our Environmental Crisis by Stephen J. Gould
Gandhi and his Message of Universal Brotherhood
Tolstoy on the Law of Love
The Charter for Compassion (read full text of this statement inspired by The Golden Rule)
The Golden Rule, by Jeffrey Wattles (review of book that surveys the history of The Golden Rule)
Brotherhood (a Muslim perspective)
Confucious and the Family of Man
How Would You Feel if a Million Soviet Troops Stormed Your Reich Capital?  (an opposing viewpoint)
The Golden Rule -- A Web Exercise
The Golden Rule, Fairness (in an international trade context)
The Value of Gold: Ethics & Worldviews (business view)
Empathy (related articles, quotes posted on website)
The Roots of Empathy (organization offers "an evidence-based classroom program" and seeks to build "caring, peaceful, and civil societies")
Compassion  (a Buddhist perspective)

“Four Simple Ways to Nurture Kid’s Empathy” by Michele Borba

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom (book review from The Economist Jan 28 2017)
"Selfish Traits Not Favored By Evolution, Study Shows" by Melissa Hogenboom (report from BBC News, Aug 2 2013)
Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism and Shame by Christopher Boehm (Megan Gambino's book review from The Smithsonian May 4 2012)
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society  by Frans de Waal (review of this 2009 book)
The Evolution of Cooperation, by Robert Axelrod and Richard Dawkins (2006 revision of classic--read excerpts at Google Books)
The Science of Good and Evil -- Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and the Golden Rule, by Michael Shermer
Good Samaritan Laws in Different Countries
18 Practical Tips for Living the Golden Rule (posted on website)
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper (more on this 2007 award winning children's book) 
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal (more on this 2010 book with excerpts from Google Books)
On Kindness, by Adam Phillips & Barbara Taylor (review of this 2009 book)
"What Makes Us Moral?" by Jeffrey Kluger (December 3, 2007 Time magazine article)
The Neurobiology of Trust, by Paul J. Zak (June, 2008 Scientific American article)
The Factors in Organic Evolution, by David Starr Jordan (see especially lecture XXVII from this 1894 classic)
quotes related to the Golden Rule
quotes related to compassion

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