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Another idea that is deeper than we might think is:
Good fences make good neighbors.
Personally, I don't think there are any rules for social interaction better than "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." It's certainly a good benchmark for human conduct.
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.
You can sharpen and hone the word all you like, but it's still an imprecise weapon. I'm trying not to poke out anyone's eye with it when I happen to cross their path, though.
Still tryin' to get the hang of that thing...