Originally Posted by songwriter
I discussed the Golden Rule in some board some years ago... I was the only one "against it", because of similar reasons than yours. The other person doesn't want what you want, doesn't like what you like, etc.
For instance if you're a masochist, then... you may guess the rest...
I would say "Treat the others, like THEY want to be treated" or so.
The Platinum Rule, :-)
What if I want to be treated masochistically? Maybe I'm depressed and I want to be killed? Maybe I want to be treated like the second coming of christ?
Both rules (golden and platinum) have their flaws if theyre taken to the extremes, but both are basically meant to promote equality and respect for your fellow human being. It doesnt really matter which one you use, as long as you have good intentions, things are probably going to work out for the best.