The Golden Rule

In one form of faith or knowledge, we have all heard the Golden Rule before:

Do unto others as you would do for yourself.

This ubiquitous expression is often interpreted as sage advice for how we, as humans, interact with each other; a maxim that excludes harming others as a measure of deterrence from reciprocity.

What is it to act according to the Golden Rule; what is it to give unto others as you would give to yourself? Consider the following simple act of division:

Suppose we attend a dinner party and bring a bottle of wine. Optimally, we would want to see the wine divided equally among all in attendance: we want to give unto others as we would give ourselves.

So we set out pouring the wine, dividing 1 bottle into two volumes, and again dividing 2 into 4. Again we then divide 4 into 8, 8 into 16, and so on until all parties have an equal portion.

This pattern should seem familiar; in the previous pages in this section, we have seen that the Fibonacci sequence is the first in an infinitely-expanding series of sequences, called Gibonacci or Generalized Fibonacci Sequences, and that this whole system of logic performs the above task quite admirably.

The generalized Fibonacci Sequences produce an increasingly accurate representation of 2^(n-p) or rather that these sequences provide the logic that transforms 1 into 2, 2 into 4, 4 into 8, 8 into 16 and so forth...

At the beginning of this section, we discussed the geometric origins of this idea: the Golden Rule as a means of dividing a line segment, such that any one line was the sum of the previous two:

We have demonstrated that this ancient, geometric idea is the basis for the Golden Logic for Generalized Fibonacci Sequences, and have now asserted that the behavior of these sequences is described in common language as the golden rule: do unto others as you would do for yourself.

Therefore the Golden Rule (Human Maxim) is the Golden Rule (Geometric Concept).

As such, it should not be particularly difficult to see why the Golden Rule appears in every major religion on this planet:

Religious text analogize and anthropomorphize the physical universe in order to impart human wisdom across many generations. In this sense, Religious texts describe a part of the observable Universe and convey that understanding through the metaphor of human experience.

It is worth noting that, for many millennia into the past, worship of God and the practicing of science were one and the same. This has beget a long history of overlap between religious scholarship and scientific advancement. Nonetheless, religion has, time and time again, hindered the emergence of new ideas regarding scientific realities [see creation v. evolution, heliocentric solar system, etc.]. 

This disjoint relationship between church-as-innovator and church-as-repressor can be explained by the human reality of the struggle for power and control and the amazingly inane need to interpret religious documents as literal, historical fact.

It is only an epoch of modernity to assume that scientific and religious pursuits must be separated; for many generations in the past pursuing science and worshipping God were one in the same.

These observation of the world around our ancestors was worth knowing and passing on to coming generations. Understanding the cycles of the sun and seasons, navigating by the stars and growing food to eat were of paramount concern when the documents that underpin the religions of the world were penned.

Understanding the metaphors and analogies puts us that much closer to comprehending what was known of the physical world thousands of years in the past.

My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they are told symbolically and we are dumb enough to take them literally.

- John Dominic Crossan, Who is Jesus?


Thermodynamics, Number Theory and The Goilden Ratio
Creation, Evolution and the Golden Rule
Theory of Order
Why Fibonacci and Gibonacci sequences appear everywhere in nature,
and how simple combinatoric math can describe how a Universe with simple beginnings evolved into a complex form