“This is the kernel of my advice: treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.” – Seneca
There are a thousand different versions of this same golden rule, but the message is always clear. We should treat others as we wish to be treated.
There are good reasons to adopt this practice in your life. It’s important to remember that people are social and tribal creatures. This means that our actions toward others matter in the community.
As social animals we can’t help judging ourselves and our peers based on how we interact, adopt and follow the cultural rules of the communities and tribes we belong to in this world.
We should not only treat others well because it’s the right thing to do, but it also has positive impacts on your reputation in the community.
If others think well of you, they will be more willing to do business with you and even assist you in your time of need should it arise. However, there are no benefits to treating others poorly. In fact, treating others rudely or cruelly can only create obstacles by creating an enemy who will have no motivation to cooperate or assist you in the future.