All over the world, there exists a simple precept that, when followed, has the power to end conflict and banish strife. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Its meaning is clear: treat others only in ways that you would want to be treated. However, this rule is not always easy to follow. It can be a challenge and yet, when we do so, we bestow a gift of loving kindness on our fellow human beings. And, in honoring others, we honor ourselves.
It is as uncomplicated a tenet as one could wish for. When we live by
it, harming another person becomes nearly impossible. The Golden Rule is
rooted in pure empathy and does not compel us to perform any specific
act. Rather, it gently guides us to never let our actions toward others
be out of harmony with our own desires. It asks us to be
aware of the effect our words and actions may have on another person and
to imagine ourselves in their place. It calls on us to ask ourselves
how we would feel if what we were about to do were directed toward us.
And yet this rule invites us to do more than not harm others. It
suggests that we look for opportunities to behave toward others in the
same ways that we would want others to act toward us. Showing
compassion, being considerate of others, caring for the less fortunate,
and giving generously are what can result when you follow the Golden
Adhering to the Golden Rule whenever possible can have a positive effect
on the world around you because kindness begets kindness.