Everyone likes to imagine that humanities biggest conflicts can be solved easily with a simple idea.
Like thousands upon thousands of years of civilisation, and nobody thought of the same thing you just came up with, no community has attempted to try
The golden rule is often brought up as the magic answer. If that is your magic answer, I can guess you grew up in a community that was structured with
shared culture, and you haven't been far from it. In other words, everyone around you has the same values, morals, beliefs and preferences. You can
rely on that.
Go to another culture, in another place, and you will find the golden rule is pretty worthless. Instead of assuming others are exactly like you, you
will have to open your mind to the possibility that they are nothing like you and may want completely different type of interactions. They may even
take it very badly, be very offended or hurt, as you try to offer them what you yourself would like to receive! You may have to treat them in ways you
yourself would hate, in order to communicate and get along.
But that is the whole interest of shared culture... of people getting together and agreeing upon a shared set of ethics, morals and ideals, and
acceptable gestures! Because then, interactions are less complicated and can be smoother. Inter-dependance in the group, exchange of goods, services,
and personal relationships are all made easier.
If someone doesn't want to be part of that, then I do not see why they would? Go live in a cave, or build yourself a cabin far from other humans and
sustain your own life, part of no herd. Why sit in the middle of it, benefitting from it's protection, goods, and services, complaining about it?
edit on 14-1-2014 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)