Silver Rule = “Do not do unto others anything you would not want them to do to you.”
Taleb, in Skin in the Game, calls the Silver Rule more robust than the Golden Rule, because it is far easier for us to know what not to do in a situation than it is to know the proper thing to do. For example, it is much easier to know the wrong thing to say at a funeral than it is to know the correct thing to say.
The Silver Rule also saves you from busybodies who think they know what is best for you.
Of course, scale matters here. Friends and family, the Golden Rule gets easier. As you get to cities and nations…oof. If only the US had followed the Silver Rule in its foreign policy for the past 40 years or so…or maybe longer?
Jesus uses the Golden Rule, and so there is obvious primacy to that formation. But maybe there are preferences when taking into account wisdom and maturity?
What say you?