Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Golden Rule


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By Diane Forrest,

Growing up in church, one of the first things you learn is the Golden Rule.  It is just a simple phrase, but a powerful one.  It simply states, "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."  This means to treat others how you want to be treated.  The first time this term Golden Rule was penned was in the 1670's, however the concept of the rule has been in existence long before, in fact, early records depict it in Ancient Babylon in 1780 B.C.
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The Golden rule is present in some form in every religion and culture.  The golden rule is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others only as you consent to being treated in the same situation." To apply it, you'd imagine yourself on the receiving end of the action in the exact place of the other person (which includes having the other person's likes and dislikes). If you act in a given way toward another, and yet are unwilling to be treated that way in the same circumstances, then you violate the rule.
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The following is a list of Do's and Don'ts I found on a poster:

Do
Don't
Be Gentle
Hurt Anybody
Be Kind and Helpful
Hurt people's feelings
Work Hard
Waste your or other people's time
Look after property
Waste or damage things
Listen to people
Interrupt
Be honest
Cover up the truth.

Today, as we recognize the Golden Rule, practice treating everyone the way you would want to be treated.

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