Comment: Actually that is not quite so...

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Actually that is not quite so...

Confucius, and some Jewish Rabbis, taught a negative version that went "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." What Christ did was take that and turn it into a positive "DO unto others as you would have them do unto you."

He went beyond justice, far beyond the "non-aggression principle" and made the standard for righteousness mercy.

You see a man who has been beaten and robbed and say "I am not gonna kick a man when he is down because I would not want to be kicked when I am down" then you have done the Confucian version of the "Golden Rule." But Christ's version of the Golden Rule would compel you to help the beaten person by calling an ambulance, binding up their wounds, using your concealed carry weapon to drive off the attackers, et cetera.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the callous travelers did not violate the Confucian Golden Rule, but they did the genuine one.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)