The Silver Rules of Life is certainly easier to personally enact than is the Golden Rule.
THE SILVER RULE OF LIFE: At first sight it may seem similar to the number one rule.
But a little bit of thought – and lateral thinking – soon makes you realize that this is a rule with which you can do business!
Basically the Silver Rule is about not doing harm! It has been allied to the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath.
If there is something which you would not like other people to do to you, then avoid doing that thing to others! Similar to the Golden Rule, but lets you off the hook in many aspects of life.
It is easier to avoid doing any kind of harm to others, than it is to specifically do ‘good’!
It is a rather passive approach to life and its peculiarities, for you can simply avoid doing bad or harmful things – rather than proactively doing things which are good!
It almost allows you to carry on life in a much laid back way, by simply avoiding the ‘nasties’ which make life a little bit complicated from time to time.
This rule could also be called the rule of reciprocity – but in its reverse meaning. Don’t do anything that you would not want done to yourself!
Don’t steal from others.
Don’t harm others in any way that you yourself would not want.
The Silver Rule of Life is not all about physical actions and deeds. It requires thought and meaningful actions to enrich your life spiritually. Though whether that would also mean enriched ‘material’ life is open to debate.
If you are employed in a middle management situation, then in theory, you should help and enable those below you to carry out their work in a meaningful way, and assist them in their ultimate aim of improving themselves and gaining promotion. You would not purposely act to stand in their way of bettering themselves and gaining promotion.
This, because you yourself would not want those above you, not to do anything that would stand in the way of your progress and promotion.
However, hierarchal structures of management are invariably based upon the pyramid system. In the pyramid, there is more room at the bottom, and progress upwards is relatively easy. Halfway up the pyramid – where you are situated – there is less scope for upward movement without easing obstacles (people) out of the next level.
Human nature has it, that those further up the pyramid will often squash any movement below their tier that could put their own position in jeopardy. Quite simply, there is not too much room at the top!
Silver Rule of Life; UK Rules Updated 2017