The Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled Life

The Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled Life

by Rami Shapiro

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The Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled Life by Rami Shapiro

Does the Golden Rule matter? It depends on the game. "We have to shift the game before we can promote the Rule. This is why teaching morality alone is insufficient. Educating our children in the Golden Rule without teaching about finite and infinite games and zero-sum and nonzero worldviews is a waste of time. Doing so would be like teaching them the rules of chess while insisting they play only checkers." ―from Chapter 10, “Play Different” This provocative and challenging exploration of the Golden Rule, widely accepted as humanity's moral true north, neither praises the Rule uncritically nor naively insists that it is applicable in every situation. Rather, it looks critically at the Rule in the context of game theory to see where it works and where it doesn’t, when it is applicable and when it isn’t. It shows you why knowing the difference can offer you a powerful way to transform your life from one driven by fear to one driven by love. This philosophical game changer is written for people of all faiths or none who praise the Rule and yet violate it over and over again. It invites you into the fascinating world of ethical decision making in a way that helps you use the Golden Rule as a fulcrum for shifting your life from often unethical competition to compassionate and even loving cooperation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594736063
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rami Shapiro, a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice, Recovery—The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice and The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated&Explained (all SkyLight Paths), among other books.

Rami Shapiro is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Writing—The Sacred Art: Beyond the Page to Spiritual Practice
  • Stop Playing God: 12 Steps as Spiritual Practice
  • Biblical Wisdom for Post-biblical Times: An Exploration of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job
  • The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life
  • Hasidic Wisdom: An Exploration of Hasidic Storytelling, Theology and Contemplative Practice
  • Saints and Sages: Biblical Prophets, Ancient Rabbis and the Building of a Just World

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

1. The Games People Play: An Introduction to Game Theory
2. Warning: The Golden Rule May Be Hazardous to Your Faith
3. Evading the Rule in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism
4. Evading the Rule in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
5. What Have We Learned? Is God Necessary for Morality?
6. What's Love Got to Do with It? The Golden Rule and Reciprocity
7. Who Am I? The Golden Rule and the Nature of Self
8. To Do or Not to Do: The Golden Rule and Free Agency
9. Living the Rule: Toward a Global Ethic
10. Play Different: Shifting the Game

Notes
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading

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