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This poem is from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"Golden and Fair"


The Golden Rule advises,
"Do unto others as you would
have others do unto you."

The corollary of this rule,
"But do it to them first,"
is commonly intepreted
in an aggressive way,
yet there is more to it
than meets the eye.

The Tough But Fair rule is,
"First cooperate, then
do to the other party
what they have done
to you previously."

In this manner, one
can gain influence
over the direction that
an interaction takes.

The first to move,
controls the board.

* * *

Notes:

The Golden Rule is commonly phrased in the Christian mode, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." However, it appears in similar forms across many religions. The Baha'is have helpfully compiled examples into a nice poster.

Read about the Tough But Fair Rule. The mathematical proof makes a compelling case for this behavior.

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Date: 2016-04-10 03:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Prisoner's dilemma stuff? Cool.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2016-04-10 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's connected to the the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, really, which is a better model because it assumes repeated interactions with the same people. However, it's worth noting that occasionally giving someone the opportunity to cooperate even when their previous behavior has been hurtful to you - "forgiveness" - provides an opportunity to get out of a downwards spiral of mutual competition, punishment, and blame; this strategy, tit-for-tat with (occasional) forgiveness, sometimes surpasses the success of being tough but fair in the iterated prisoner's dilemma game, and sometimes, not, depending on the environment of other strategies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_for_tat
--alatefeline

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Date: 2016-04-15 06:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
I greatly prefer the Hillel version that says, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to others." It's harder to game than the Christian one.

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Date: 2016-04-10 06:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] thnidu.livejournal.com
I've always like the Baha'is' approach, though I've only read about it.

• The Golden Rule is common phrased in the Christian mode
→ commonly

Fixed!

Date: 2016-04-10 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
Typo fixed.

The Baha'is are fascinating folks, fun to talk with.

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