A quick search yields countless articles about empathy and how it helps business, etc. Empathy has entered public discourse in very strong fashion. This dynamic makes me think about empathy as a kind of benevolent virus that's cheap to proliferate, but which yields great returns. And the only kinds of commodities which are abundant2 and highly beneficial, but also in high demand, are those kinds of commodities which are artificially held down.
Held down by what?
Golden Rule, Enter Stage Left
The Golden Rule, the maxim of the human kind; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you3.
The Golden Rule is a virus that replaces our empathy with the self-centered drive to do that which we see as fit for others. I won't just suggest that Emanuel Kant, Karl Popper, et al potentially had similar opinions. Instead, I'll prove to you, a priori, that the Golden Rule is not very golden at all.
If A wishes to be treated with Y, A should treat B with Y
A wishes to be treated with Y
Therefore, A treats B with Y
Given the above example, was B treated how B wanted to be treated4?
- I'll leave a more detailed etymology, etc. to an expert.
- What I mean by "abundant" in the context of something like empathy, which is theoretically infinite, is the finite competitive advantage that can be gained by such a trait before that trait is so prolific that it becomes less of an advantage and more of a basic requirement.
- This abridged version was written on the whiteboard of my kindergarten classroom.
- Hint: There isn't enough information to answer the question.