Originally Posted by nycindie
The treatment we all want is recognition that we are individuals, each with our own opinions and feelings and for these opinions and feelings to be afforded respect and consideration.
The humanists get a lot of things right, this would seem to be one of them. I can see that too strict an interpretation of the 'golden rule' could lead to some pretty silly outcomes. Since pretty much everyone has difference of opinion about the details of life, focusing on those doesn't get us very far. Instead, focus on the general principles which most people *do* prefer and leave the finer details for "getting to know you" as GG put it.
"tolerance, consideration and compassion" - from the same site
I doubt very many people want to be treated in contrast to these principles. Should you encounter someone that does, just consider them a one-off and don't think on it further.