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  •  Sorry. I didn't think you did imply that. (3+ / 0-)
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    This diary is wonderfully neutral and informative.

    Karen Armstrong has described the golden rule as more or less a breakthrough in human understanding which occurred during the axial age--developing independently in Greece with the tragedies, as well as in China, India, and the Middle East--in all case arising in response to despair over continuous conflict.  I believe coming up with the golden rule represents an advance in evolution.  Animals have been seen to behave selflessly on occasions, but I don't think it could be argued that anything like the golden rule exists in any animals other than humans.  I take the trouble to argue this because I hope we can cherish our heritage, and not take the golden rule for granted, or as something that each of us just assumes we are good at just because we were born to be good people.  To me, it represents advanced understanding and requires practice to be any good at at all.

    So, that's why I was afraid this is OT.  It really isn't in response to anything you have said.  I will check out the other diaries.  I hadn't seen this series before.  Great job, and fascinating.

    I'm afraid now, though, and I'm embarrassed to say it, my interest must turn to the New England Patriots.

    I refuse to live in a country like that. And I'm not moving. - Michael Moore

    by geomoo on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 06:22:13 PM PST

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