Thinking About the Golden Rule

Once again we have a topic that comes from my recent experiences.  As we have seen in the past – when something comes to me from several different sources in a short period of time, I write about it.  Today we will talk about some of my recent thoughts about the golden rule.


Do unto others

The version of the golden rule that I was taught is this: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Recently I heard another version that seemed to state the idea more clearly: “Don’t do to someone else what you do not want them to do to you.”


I know those two sound very similar.  I found that there was enough of a difference between the two that I started to think about what this idea means to me.  Also, I found the second version to be much more active in character.  It also seemed to state the idea in a more positive manner.


Learning to see others

The most important things I saw were these: the golden rule is about understanding others, and it is about being in the moment.  First we will look at how it helps us to understand others.


When we practice the golden rule we are learning to compare ourselves to other individuals.  We learn to ask ourselves if we would like to be treated the way we are treating someone else.


This allows us to see them as if they were ourselves.  It makes a faceless body that we are dealing with into a human being that we begin to care about.  The golden rule is teaching us that this other person has feelings just like us.  It reminds us to take care of those feelings just like we would want someone to take care of our feelings.


The golden rule helps us to see the humanity of every individual.  It helps us to see that we are much more similar than we are different.  No wonder that you find this idea in every major religion and philosophy.


In the moment

Regular readers of this column will understand that every once in awhile we write about being in the moment.  Well, maybe we write about it more frequently that that.  No matter – being in the moment is so important that we are always finding new ways to write about it.


The golden rule encourages us to be in the moment by asking us to get out of our false self.  When we shift our attention from ourselves to another we have an opportunity to be in the moment.


One of the things that we do when we are in the moment is that we see everyone as their true selves.  In order to do this we are at least beginning to move away from our false self – and into the moment with our true self.


Just following the golden rule does not automatically put us into the moment.  Be that as it may, the golden rule is another way to practice behavior that will lead to being in the moment.


No matter what, if everyone would follow the golden rule the planet would be a much happier and polite place.  Please start by doing your part whenever you can.


Until tomorrow –


Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.




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