CHAPTER 18

Making the Future of Sharing

The Past: Great Minds Agree That Cooperating Builds Great Societies

No matter where or when you grew up, you are probably familiar with some form of the Golden Rule, or the ethic of reciprocity (Hertzler, 1934). It is a moral basis of human rights because there is value in having this kind of respect and caring attitude for one another. The Golden Rule and the “Law of Love” were given their classical statements in the West by Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said, “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Although Jesus’ insights into how to live happily within a society may be the most familiar to us in the West, they are not ...

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