"May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law."
Think what you will of Emmanuel Kant. I like the dude. Most of his stuff was practical, easy-to-digest philosophy that avoided the intellectual-for-the-sake-of-intellectual metaphysics that predominated his world.
I am in the midst of a nasty bit of non-profit drama, with too many egos, too much deception, and far too little communication. Not a lot of us are looking at it like E.K., and if we as a couple of industry associations applied Kantianism to our collective actions, our Universal Law would approximate that of Sierra Leone during their civil war.
So in world of rationalists and empiricists, I find myself drawn to the deontological writings of E.K.
Or to put it more in the vernacular, from the Rodneykingsian School, "Can't we all just get along?"
P.S. For those of you who think Kant was a stuffed shirt intellectual, check out this pregnant and appropriate quotation:
"If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on."