|Hooked up to the plasma-donation machine|
This is how I see Civic Duty. It means doing things for others in society that you would have them to do unto you. The law declares what you must do for others, but civic responsibility consists of doing what you should, even though you don't have to. Things that fall under the heading of manners are optional, but the right thing to do anyhow.
I don't even like the golden rule. Doing to others what you want for yourself is just asking for trouble. If you are lucky enough to be married to someone who is just like you it has a bit of a chance, but for the rest of us it's creating a nightmare. People don't want the same things. Dale Carnegie said it so much better; that you should treat others the way they want to be treated. I think I have here an exception in which the golden rule can apply, which is civic responsibility. In matters of civil society, make yourself an example by behaving towards others the same way you want them to behave. The difference is that when you don't know what others are looking for, your best choice is to set an example. Don't expect what you aren't willing to do yourself.
This message is my meagre contribution to the Forward Thinking Project.
|Ready for winter with the snow tires on|
|Icy slick road|