Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others. Socrates
The golden rule for every business man is this: ‘Put yourself in your customer’s place.’ Orison Swett Marden
If we were to live by the Golden Rule, what a world this would be. This admonition is simple but as profound as any statement could be. There may be more people who live by the antithesis of the golden rule….do unto others before they do unto you.
What if we were to truly follow the G.R.? The world’s standard of living would skyrocket. There would be no hunger, poverty, no crime, no dictators, little or need for laws, police, governments, etc. There would be no need to lock your doors, or be concerned about your children when they are not in your sight. The need for medical and psychiatric care would greatly diminish. If the advantages of the G.R. are so obvious, why do we not follow it? How do we start the process, where does the loop begin?
It starts with us! Each of us must decide to live by and follow it. A world driven by the G.R. would be utopian and idealistic, it is nonetheless, and a principle of living we should ascribe to. If we are committed to becoming the best we can become, we would be committed to living by the golden rule. It requires that we increasingly live outside of ourselves, that we become less selfish and more giving. It means that we do and give for the pleasure of doing something for someone else with no expectation of getting anything in return. It means that we increasingly have faith and trust in others. We expect the best from others rather than the worst.
If we are driven by the true spirit of the golden rule, we are guided by the principle that we are acting and doing “as we would have others do unto us”. The universal truth of this is: anytime we do something “good” for someone else and we do it in a spirit of love and caring, we will benefit personally more than the person whom we benefited. It would mean that we are mature, well-balanced and at peace with ourselves. Why are we not driven by this principle if it sounds so appealing? We each have to look within ourselves to answer this. What is there inside each of us which prevents us from following the G. R.? Is it fear, lack of faith, selfishness, and unconcern? What is it? We each have to deal with what is inside us.
Challenge: Living by the Golden Rule is a principle of living. It is something you must seek to do because it is the right thing to do. You choose to do it regardless of the circumstances. You will be less than perfect at it? Perfection is something you are seeking but will never achieve. Your choice to live by the Golden Rule will be one of the best things you can ever do for yourself. You get profoundly in return by giving of yourself.
Wisdom: Treat others as you would want to be treated in the same situation. Harry Gensler.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Peter 1:5
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
At the core of the Golden Rule is a spirit of love. The true spirit of love comes from God. He is the creator of love. He is perfect love. In our own strength, our love will never be perfect. It will always be corrupted in some way by our sinful and selfish nature. It is only when we allow God’s love to flow through us that we will be able to truly love. It is then when we will be enabled to live by the Golden Rule.
Prayer: Thank you for the Golden Rule. Give me the strength and faith to live by it.