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

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

byRami Shapiro

Hardcover | October 1, 2015

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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.

Rami Shapiro,a renowned teacher of spirituality across faith traditions, is an award-winning storyteller, poet and essayist. He is author ofThe Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice, Recovery-The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual PracticeandThe Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature: Selections Annotated & ...
Title:Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:164 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Turner for Longhill Partners - IPSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1683363728

ISBN - 13:9781683363729

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Table of Contents


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

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Editorial Reviews

"Brilliantly clear, easy to read, well-informed in relevant science, philosophy and religion ... a real contribution to our understanding of the Golden Rule."-Jeffrey Wattles, author, The Golden Rule; associate professor of philosophy, Kent State University"The Golden Rule may not be golden for the reasons you think! In this provocative book, Rabbi Rami leads us to a life of 'infinite play,' where the outcome of the game is a gorgeous paradox: everyone wins."-Mirabai Starr, author, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation"Intriguing.... Reverently considering scripture from a multitude of spiritual traditions while at the same time stripping the Golden Rule of its religious trappings, [it] calls and challenges us to live in the truly golden nonzero sum world of interdependence."-Steven Greenebaum, author, Practical Interfaith: How to Find Our Common Humanity as We Celebrate Diversity"Provides a fresh look at the substance of the Golden Rule that has the potential to make it far more accessible and useful."-Pastor Don Mackenzie, coauthor, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam"[Does] all of us a big favor: help[s] us understand why we humans and our religions have so often failed in our practice of the Golden Rule, and give[s] us invaluable insights and practical tools to make the Golden Rule a lived reality."-Paul McKenna, coordinator, Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department"Shapiro has an important message: either we play the game of life by trying to win at the expense of others (in which case we'll likely all suffer) or we try to cooperate and treat others as we want to be treated (in which case we may all end up winning)."-Harry J. Gensler, author, Ethics and the Golden Rule; professor of philosophy, Loyola University Chicago