“DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.”
Like most of us, I’ve been familiar with this ethic of empathy for as long as I can remember. Because I am a Christian, I learned it from my parents as well as in church.
What I didn’t realize before reading this artfully illustrated book is that the golden rule is found in all the world’s religions… According to author Ilene Cooper,
“Christianity says: You should love your neighbour as you love yourself.
Judaism says: What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow humans.
Islam says: Hurt no one that no one may hurt you.
Hinduism says: This is the sum of duty: to do nothing to others which would cause them pain.
Buddhism says: Do not do to others what would hurt you.
The Shawnee Tribe says: Do not kill or injure your neighbour, for it is not he or she that you injure; you injure yourself.”
This book presents a simple tale of a young boy learning about this universal element of humanity in a thought-provoking conversation with his grandfather…
The little lad likes that the Golden Rule is the same for children and adults. I like how his grandpa answers his how-to query;
“You begin by using your imagination.”
Sometimes it’s too easy for me to interact with (especially my family) just a little thoughtlessly. When I take a little moment to consider first, I’m far more likely to treat the people I love the most in the way I would like to be treated; with kindness and respect.
A couple days ago a man stepped aside, holding the door open for me as I was leaving the post office. He was on his way in, and happened to have his hand on the door handle before I did. It was easy and natural for me then to hold it open for him as he took his turn passing through. It was such a simple gesture, but it brightened my day.
How has someone touched your life with gold by following this simple rule?
Thank you for reading with me,