Imagine a world that lived by the Golden rule, treating other's as you want to be treated.
Yes yes, I know I have not always follow the golden rule, but strive to do so.
I'm sure there have been times when I have called people fools, or such, when they had not first called me names.
For that I apologize, because I know I do not like being called names with no provocation.
I will try to do better :)
Asking a Christian Baker to bake you a cake that is against his faith does cause suffering to the christian baker. So preferably you should try to find another baker to bake your cake. If you cannot find another baker to bake your cake. Then you could go back to the Christian Baker and see if maybe you could come into a compromise.
What you shouldn't do, is ask a Christian baker to bake your cake, and when they refuse they offer you contacts for other bakeries to bake your cake, and you ignore those and take him to court out of malice.
The Golden Rule sounds nice, and it is a good tool for teaching children empathy. But not everyone is the same.
I might be a Masochist. Does that mean I should cause physical pain to everyone around me?
That's how I want to be treated, shouldn't I treat you the same way?
A True "Golden Rule" would be "Try to avoid causing suffering to others."
You don't, but just like everything else, you perform tests, look at history, and look at data to determine how you should act and what are the best choices for the future.
We are a race of humans. When you hurt a human it causes emotional or physical damage that can be measured. In some cases emotional or physical damage has been shown to cause humans to be less productive and provide what we call "suffering". Suffering is negative because it does not produce a productive and successful society. (Measured by the amount of people who report they are happy or content with their life, and are not starving or living in absolute poverty)
You could make your same argument for the Health Industry.
What is a healthy person? Who are you to say that vomiting all day every day isn't the most healthy a person can be? What if I want to vomit all day every day? How do you know being healthy doesn't involve vomiting all day every day?
Aye, it would be nice.
You wouldn't be able to tell a woman what to do with her body because you wouldn't want to be told what you can and can't do with your body.
You wouldn't want to tell a gay couple they can't live with the one they love because you wouldn't want to be told you can't live with the one you love.
People wouldn't prosecute others using their own belief because they wouldn't want to be prosecuted for someone else's belief.
People in bad situations would be able to better themselves without condemnation from others because those others wouldn't want to be condemned as well and denied help should they need it.
Would be nice indeed.
"In such a world", a person like Trump could not exist. Considering that, it WOULD be nice …. but, does that mean no one could complain about someone else' sexual habits? About their contraceptive methods? About which religious (or not) doctrine they go by? About their, maybe "liberal ideas"? Nice, but maybe a bit boring ….. ;-)