Golden Rule: Gold For Those Who Make The Rules

The Golden Rule is viewed as basic to morality: treat them as you want them to treat you. Many variants of the Golden Rule exist, they are common to most well-known religions [1. For example, the Golden Rule is one of the tenets of Confucianism, as pure altruism “ren”… 

Confucianism, as all religions embracing the Golden Rule, falls short, in my opinion, of the higher morality humanity needs to survive optimally, for the reasons found below (see [2]). 

The first obvious problem is that, according to the Golden Rule suicide turns into homicide. Indeed, if one wants to hurt oneself, should one treat others as oneself, and thus hurt them? 

This flaw is much more practical and deep than it sounds, as I will explain at the end of the essay. Hitler thought that hurting oneself was not such a bad idea: during his attempted putsch of 1923, facing the German army, he kept marching, with his fellow fanatical Nazis, under the threat of gunfire. The troops were armed, pointing their guns, and the Nazis were unarmed, and ordered to go back, but still they marched towards the troops. Some will say that was heroic, foolhardy… But I will point out that required a serious inclination to masochism, and applied the idea to Jews, Gypsies, Retards, Poles, Slavs, the French, Russians, among others, and finally the Germans themselves (who he had determined to be unworthy, after all…)… before killing his dog and his wife. Magda Goebbels went further, killing her six children, although some resisted. Hey, she was applying the Golden Rule, doing to her children as she did unto herself, killing her children as she killed herself…  

Magda Goebbels, her husband, and their five daughters and son. The gentleman in black uniform at the top, Harald Quandt,  is Magda’s son from a first marriage to a plutocrat. He was artificially added to the picture (he was in combat at the time). Paradoxically, the soldier is the only one who survived. He inherited a giant industrial empire, in particular, BMW. Some of the little girls tried to resist their monstrous mother, who had decreed the kids couldn’t not live in a Nazi-less world. Hitler committed suicide on 30 April. In accordance with Hitler’s will, Goebbels succeeded him as Chancellor of Germany; the rat served one day in this post. The following day, Goebbels and his wife committed suicide, after poisoning their six children with cyanide. Tellingly both Goebbels and Magda had torrid affairs during their marriage, and Hitler had to fly to the rescue, saving their marriage several times.

It is significant that the Goebbels had affairs with others, and Hitler had to play marriage counsellor. Indeed, then why was Magda so crazed in May 1945, that she decided to commit mass infanticide? Why did she need to commit suicide to start with? Well the answer has to do with the darkest streak of human motivation, fatal attraction to self-destruction… which I perversely claim, is a motivation for the… Golden Rule!

Make no mistake: the Golden Rule is a good first approximation, a step up the moral ladder. It has to be inculcated. It should be taught to toddlers, pets and the mentally deficient (those with various derangements). But when the adult age has come, the age to kill and give thanks (historically speaking), one has to graduate from the Golden Rule [3]. (This is actually the feeling justifying the violent Black Lives Matter protests; or Mandela’s early career as a bombing maker…)

The Golden rule erects as a supreme moral principle to treat others as you would yourself, and silly variations thereof. Silly? Should a sadomasochist treat children as he treats himself? Should your abusive superior treat your child as you would your child? Because the silly Golden Rule is transitive. So you treat your abusive superior, call him Adolf, any tyrant, as yourself and yourself as your child. Because the victim wants to be treated nicely, the victim treats the abuser nicely, in the hope the abuser will reciprocate. In the case of hostage taking, it’s a well-known effect called called Stockholm Syndrome. 

Used ubiquitously, the Golden Rule then becomes a form of moral nihilism of no value whatsoeverexcept to sadomasochists, abusers, and demented psychopaths… Golden Rule behavior explains why entire populations, sometimes for centuries, generation after generation, develops a culture of submission (besides the usual example of most of Islam, the Late Roman empire, especially Constantinople in its last few centuries, are blatant examples; the antidote to this submission, as the Mongols themselves pointed out after seizing Baghdad, was the roughness the Franks, the Arabs, and the Mongols, were excellent at… And which the more sophisticated Romans of Constantinople used to despise as uncouth… This is so true that, after the Mayan elites had obviously betrayed those they subjugated, the latter resorted to ultimate violence, rebelling killing the elites, and burning the cities…)

Thus the Golden Rule is actually complicit and highly conservative of abusive elites. It is intrinsically evil and self-sustaining for satanic power (“Pluto-kratia”), and thus no wonder that the elites have called it the “Golden Rule” and enslaved us thanks to it. Hence the following very practical joke. The Golden Rule is that whoever has the gold, makes the rule.

Reciprocally if one wants to get rid of an abusive elite for ethical reasons, one has to destroy it, which means not treating them as one would treat oneself, because a destroyer who gets destroyed cannot destroy. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:43-45.) That’s even worse, because, if the enmity is justified, loving its makers will make it worse, a masochist enterprise, and praying for them is sheer denial of the very concept of enmity, a self-contradiction.

The only use of the Golden Rule is to remind small children that what goes around comes around. 

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it has been argued, aspires to transcend justice, and to orient a solution to judicially intractable conflict by appealing to the higher values of rationality, mercy and forgiveness. How does it do that? By replacing the brutishness of violent punishment, because all and any punishment is violent. Instead establishing truth, the pre-requirement for justice, looks to the reason(s) which were behind the facts which led to prescribing punishment. 

This search for why the crime(s) humanizes the perpetrator(s), by making them into rational agents, while explaining how crime(s) developed, and thus enabling the examiners to sever the causal chains leading to future repetition(s) of said crime(s).  

So, instead of loving crime and its criminals, while praying for more, the Golden Rule way, thus encouraging it, society would foster Truth. Truth can seriously disrupt crime. 

So here is the Golden Truth: Knowing others as you know yourself is how to best examine humanity, making love worth living.

An astute observer may wonder why is it that one should take sadomasochism so seriously that it would have a civilizational impact? This is core to the theory of the Dark Side: Hominins evolved the genus Homo. Starting with Homo Ergaster and Erectus certainly, and probably with Homo Habilis, using stones as weapons turned Homo into the ultimate killer ape. Much of the killing was directed towards meat procurement and defense against various monsters, but, as it became extremely successful, it had to be turned against the human ecological load. Human population had to be culled, so that the ecology could survive. Without ecology, no humanity.

Therefore murder and cannibalism saved Homo from itself… After one hundred fifty thousand generations of this natural selection of ecologically friendly behavior, sadomasochism is lurking down inside deep below the human mind, and no colossal naivety, nor revered title should hide it. 

Let’s not cry: violence, conjugated with civilization, does not just create abusive plutocracies, it is also, all too often, the only way for eliminating them.  

Patrice Ayme


[1] Mythical Jesus said: “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” The idea is much older than the crucified myth:

1) Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5:18)

2) Confucianism (six centuries before mythical Jesus): ‘Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.” (Analects 15:23)

3) Hinduism (8th or 9th century BCE, 900 years before Jesus mythology): “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

4) Humanism: “Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you.” (The British Humanist Society)

5) Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (#13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths; 13th century.)

6) Jainism: “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33; 3rd or 4th century BCE)

7) Judaism: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18; 538–332 BCE)

8) Zoroastrianism: “That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5; Zarathustra’s religion is older than any of the preceding…)


[2] The Master (Kǒng Fūzǐ (孔夫子, meaning “Master Kong”) said: “Authority without generosity, ceremony without reverence, mourning without grief—these, I cannot bear to contemplate.

The Analects, 3.26.

Well, the problem, dear Mr. Kong, is that contemplating history in full, and not as a little child fascinated by princes and princesses, is greatly to contemplate what you refuse to contemplate, those behaviors which are the main drivers of history. And there is even worse, that apparently you couldn’t even imagine (the plutocratic effect harnessing the Dark Side). No wonder that such a philosophy ruled China for so long and that, now that a rather conventional, Qin-style dictatorship is imposed on China, Confucius is back, smothering all discussions which Confucius could not “contemplate”.


[3] The age of killing and giving thanks, something all prehistoric hunters used to do, is more thriving than ever: this time we are killing the entire biosphere. Not many thanks so far, though…

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