*uck Civility

There is this thing I’m sure most people have heard about before.  It’s called ‘The Golden Rule’.  It states that you should treat others the way you would like to be treated.  I try to follow that rule.

Yet there is another side to that rule.  It implies that we should treat people the way we observe them treating other people.  After all, per the golden rule, that must be how they want to be treated, right?

Which means when someone is consistently an asshole to other people, there is nothing wrong with giving them a taste of their own medicine.  If they don’t want to be treated that way, they need to adjust their own behavior.

So if you treat me like I’m less than human, you remove from me any obligation to be civil toward you.  If you vote for people like me to be discriminated against, you remove from me any obligation to treat you ‘nicely’.  You don’t get to treat me like shit and still get invited over for tea.  It doesn’t work that way.


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