Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The tarnished rule

We all know the words of Jesus:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Pretty clear and straightforward command. But there seems to be a movement to amend Jesus' words thus:

Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.

Offended This is a nifty, subtle morph,isn't it? It means that, before I can act toward another, I must consider, not what is the right thing to do, but what does the other person want and expect. It means that anyone can cry that they are hurt or offended or insulted by something, and the guilty party must apologize abjectly, even if there was no real wrongdoing. In other words, it raises the taking of offense to the level of an inalienable right.

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