The Platinum Fool

By johninnc

Matthew 7:12: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

The concept Jesus taught in Matthew 7:12 is commonly referred to as “the golden rule.” A lot of people don’t think Jesus got this quite right, so they have come up with their own worldly, philosophical twist and dubbed it “the platinum rule.”

I first heard about the platinum rule from a friend of mine who was being taught this concept where he works as an employee of a major Wall Street Bank.

I did an internet search for “the platinum rule” and got 53.6 million results. I settled on an article from Inc. entitled “How the Platinum Rule Trumps the Golden Rule Every Time.” Following are excerpts from the  article:

We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule, which goes something like this: Do unto others as you would have them do to unto you. In other words, treat other people–in business and in life–the way you yourself would want to be treated.

Well, Dave Kerpen, author of the book The Art of People says that following the Golden Rule is all wrong. Instead, we should follow what he calls the Platinum Rule.

Says Kerpen, “We all grow up learning about the simplicity and power of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would want done to you. It’s a splendid concept except for one thing: Everyone is different, and the truth is that in many cases what you’d want done to you is different from what your partner, employee, customer, investor, wife, or child would want done to him or her.”

So Kerpen came up with the Platinum Rule: Do unto others as they would want done to them. Says Kerpen, “The Golden Rule, as great as it is, has limitations, since all people and all situations are different. When you follow the Platinum Rule, however, you can be sure you’re actually doing what the other person wants done and assure yourself of a better outcome.”

The problem with the platinum rule, is that it is really a rebranding of selfishness as selflessness and false virtue. As such, it can be translated as “do unto me what I would have you do unto me.” 

The people pushing this “platinum rule” think Jesus got it wrong, and we see this manifest itself in all sorts of ways.

When it comes to COVID theater, it works something like this: we need to keep others safe. It is therefore incumbent upon us to show our love for them by wearing masks and getting COVID shots. After all, that is what they want from us. It is irrelevant whether their desire for this “safety” has been fomented by an ongoing government/media terror campaign. It is irrelevant whether the cost of the measures outweighs the benefits. It is irrelevant whether they have based their wants on truth, or if their wants have been burnished by lies, censorship, and coercion. They want it. So, roll up your sleeves and give it to them!

The Christian leaders who are pushing the vaccines often appeal to this “platinum rule,” whether they realize it or not, and are thereby undermining the word of God.

What they are spouting as love is actually far from it. They are teaching their flocks to accept political movements couched in pseudoscience that does not hold up to even the most superficial of scrutiny. In so doing, they are enabling unjustified fear, and even worse, they are aiding and abetting tyrannical people in throwing their fellow citizens – including brothers and sisters in Christ – under the bus. And, if the shots prove to have consequences that they didn’t anticipate, their complicity will make it almost impossible for them to ever acknowledge the truth.

This isn’t “loving your neighbor.” It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to stand by and say nothing as they lose their livelihoods. It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to say nothing as they are driven out of social and commercial life. It isn’t “loving your neighbor” to shrug your shoulders while they are ruined by these tyrannical mandates. It isn’t loving your neighbor to tell them that if they wish to avoid all of these negative consequences, all they have to do is surrender their bodily autonomy to the state.

Here are two facts that make vaccine mandates nonsensical and prove they are not really about health:

1.ANYONE (vaccinated or not) can catch COVID; and

2. ANYONE (vaccinated or not) can transmit COVID to others.

If the golden rule were followed, people would be forced to ask themselves some questions: Would I want to have to make a choice between feeding my family and getting shots that I don’t want? Are my actions pushing others toward having to make this choice? What about my inactions? Are they likely to contribute to my neighbor being ravaged?

The word “philosophy” only shows up once in the new testament, and not in a flattering light.

Colossians 2:8: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

In my opinion, most of the cajoling from “Christian leaders” to get the COVID jabs comes from ignorance, conformity, or even worse, from chucking the word of God aside in favor of vain philosophies, such as the platinum rule.

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13 responses to “The Platinum Fool

  1. Holly, I have prayed for your daughter.

    It is so sad what is happening, and as you said, every person of good will should speak out in opposition to this.

    I sent an e-mail to my “republican” senators in NC. Senator Richard Burr basically said that the EEOC has said that employers can require vaccines, but he made no mention that many employers are doing so under coercion from the president. Burr also said that he thinks vaccines are the way out of the pandemic.

  2. Sam, Phil, John, Frying pan, etc., I agree. Trial run. Conditioning. Seems amazing that some Christians seem oblivious. I do believe the Word gives us discernment (Heb 5:12-14). God bless you all, and help you through these times. He’s always provided, I believe He will still.

  3. Johninnc, I am in agreement with you.

    They do not have basic decency, and their complicity is helping enable the loss of our freedom in so many areas. I watched the man who is called President, and marveled that he hasn’t been laughed out of office. He is not able to remember where he is part of the time. Given over…

    Many are listening to these pastors. One pastor friend of mine was asking sincere questions at the start of the vaccine. He presumably did not take it. Someone used him as an example, stating that ‘anti-vaxxers’ could be complicit in his brethren’s death. I didn’t bother to say much more than ‘how dare you’… and added a little and asked the admins to deal with it. I was so angry.

    Right now, it’s a struggle for me, I am praying for all, but there is no excuse in my mind for ALL not speaking out against this coercion and people losing their jobs.

    At my daughter’s work today, they brought in her replacement for her to train. I won’t say what she should or will do, just don’t want it out there, but personally speaking, no way I would do it.

  4. Re the trial run idea, the Holy Spirit had me in sync with these very same thoughts earlier today, around the time you posted, Sam.

    Interesting how that works. So grateful for this blog and the constant reminder that we’re not given over to a spirit of fear . . .

  5. I agree, if this is a trial run, then we believers will already have been translated and risen (raptured) when the real thing comes in the Tribulation. We will be surrounding God’s glorious throne worshiping Him beyond what we have experienced here on Earth. (1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 4 and 5).

  6. Sam, I’m with you in being for freedom.

    I also think this seems like a trial run, and that Christians will be gone before the great tribulation.

    Regarding pastors, most are LS, so most on any side of this issue will be LS.

  7. I’m for freedom and I think everyone should be free to choose if they want this so called vaccine. I personally am not getting it even though I’m in the senior age group. I think this is a precursor or a trial run on globalization and mark of the beast where nobody will be able to buy and sell. ( note don’t think believers will be here then) As far as the pastors standing for freedom there’s a few of them not many that I’ve heard about and they teach a lordship (works) gospel. I’m surprised that this country has deteriorated so fast but I still love my country and have my Faith which give me peace. Love you all

  8. Holly, the people pushing this are not even decent citizens, much less decent pastors.

    They are politicians, who have allied themselves with those who have declared WAR on me and my family. They are wrapping their vile, evil acts in saccharin godspeak that tickles the ears of the brainwashed masses.

    It is their lack of basic decency and complicity in helping evil people institute authoritarianism that has enabled the erosion of personal liberty, including the concept of informed medical consent.

    They have to know that lies, coercion, and censorship can never be packaged for good, including “the greater good.”

    Even if a pastor had perfect theology, he and I would split if he went along with this.

  9. Well, lost my comment. But I am thankful you are expressing this. I do not understand someone standing by and being silent, as brethren are forced to take something they may disagree with or feel unsafe regarding. What ever happened to not offending their conscience at the very least?

    How wicked to stand by and approve. They have a garen’t of violence even as they pretend to understand loving their neighbor.

  10. LD, agree that messaging has been erratic, and is therefore hard for me to take seriously. And, most Christian leaders, rather than trying to help maintain human rights, are either passively or actively undermining them.

  11. Very true.
    Just following along with the narrative set up by the CDC, gov’t, and those who consider themselves “elite.”
    – At one point, face mask was not effective in preventing covid as stated by CDC. Later on, face mask is suddenly considered very effective.
    – After getting 2 doses, people can stop wearing their mask. Several days later, vaccinated people are told to wear the mask as mandated by CDC and gov’t due to vacc. people being able to get and spread covid. Nothing different from unvacc. people.
    Foolishness is what it is.
    The golden rule is best.
    Great article Johninnc! Stay safe in Christ.
    Hope everyone else here are doing well.

  12. fryingpan, thanks! I have been toying with doing an article on the platinum rule since I first heard about it. But, I hadn’t seen it manifest itself in such a grievous way until recently.

  13. Magnificent as always, John. Really powerful. If you hadn’t dubbed it the Platinum Fool, I’d have suggested it.

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