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The Golden Rule is not an end in itsef
Dialogue with the Alter Ego, inspired by the death of Nelson Mandela, first drafted on Dec. 10, published on
Dec. 11, 2013
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    And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and
    with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark: 12:30)
    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
    commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)


Question by Alter Ego of Noah denkt™ (AE): Nelson Mandela’s death has sparked many reviews and
documentaries
about his incredible life and achievements. From the various reports we have learned that Mr.
Mandela started unilaterally to negotiate the end of apartheid with the white South African government without
prior discussing his moves with the rest of the ANC leadership. This caused serious controversies within the
ranks of the African National Congress. Obviously, history eventually validated Mr. Mandela’s unilateral
initiative. It needs to be said though that his determination to pursue secret talks with the white regime
somewhat collided with
the requirements of a Golden Rule-inspired behavior. After all, it is pretty clear that Mr.
Mandela himself wouldn’t have liked at all to be excluded from any end-of apartheid-talks that other ANC
leaders might have secretly pursued with the de Klerk government. In other words, it can’t be denied that in this
case, Mr. Mandela did to others what he wouldn’t have wanted them to do to him, correct?
Answer by Noah denkt™ (Nd):  It is true that a wise pursuit of a Golden Rule-inspired behavior includes that
sometimes you need to do what you perceive to be right even if the latter somewhat infringes on a narrow-
minded interpretation of what the Golden Rule stands for. That is why Christian religion never views the Golden
Rule as a stand-alone piece of moral obligation. Instead it tends to combine it with the very first commandment
which is to “love the Lord thy God”. In other words, your most personal convictions may sometimes force you to
do things to others that you wouldn’t want them to do to you, largely because you know that the goal of your
aspirations will ultimately benefit these others even more than if you had respected a more narrow-minded
interpretation of the Golden Rule in the first place. Do we make ourselves understood?

AE: We believe so. How though do you know when it is justified to ignore a more narrow-minded interpretation
of the Golden Rule?
Nd: Whenever your profoundly reflected mission, and your most honest reasoning dictate you to do that.    

AE: In other words, some people will presume that they have license to violate the Golden Rule because their
aspirations and activities have been “oh so profoundly” reflected?
Nd: Well, you can measure the degree of honesty in people’s convictions by the amount of sacrifice and the
amount of forgiveness that is embedded in their aspirations, convictions and activities.  

AE: With Mr. Mandela, we are certainly on the safe side, here! But what about those whose undertakings do not
get validated by history? Won’t their reasoning, their convictions and their behavior be doubted for ever?
Nd: Well, if such cases truly exist you can be sure that their undertakings will be just as quickly forgotten as the
next piece of news hits the day. So, no need to worry about history here.
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