August 10, 2022
Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice, it’s an investment.
Reprint: Ray’s Daily from August 10, 2004
I don’t know many people, no matter what their religion, that don’t pay lip-service to the golden rule. Yet many of these same people will jump positions in line, enjoy benefiting from another’s mistake, or do everything in their power to take advantage of others. Have you noticed it is these same people who spend their lives complaining about others? You would think they would learn that when you forsake the golden rule others will often respond by treating you just as you treat others. They often have few real friends and miss so much in life. It is not a case of the meek inheriting the earth, but rather a case of good people caring for others and truly enjoying life. So I will continue to wait my turn in line, return the coins when someone gives me too much change, and do what I can to help those who need it. The alternative just does not provide any reward.
Here are some “Ethic of Reciprocity” passages from the religious texts of various religions:
Bahá’í World Faith: “Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not.” “Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’u’llah
Brahmanism: “This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you”. Mahabharata, 5:1517
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18
Christianity: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Matthew 7:12
Confucianism: “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you” Analects 15:23
Hinduism: “One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself” Mencius Vii.A.4
Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths.” 6
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” Talmud, Shabbat 31a.
Shinto: “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form”
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien.
I am sure you follow the principle in your own life, but in case you are tempted to slip once in awhile, just stop and remember what you do to others may very well be done to you. But of greater importance is that what you do for others is reward in itself.
Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)
A woman in my office, recently divorced after years of marriage, signed up for a refresher course in CPR.
“Is it hard to learn?” asked someone.
“Not at all,” my co-worker replied. “All you’re asked to do is breathe life into a dummy. I don’t expect to have any problems. I did that for 32 years.”
There are two rules for ultimate success in life. Never tell everything you know.
The wife was busy frying eggs, when her husband came home. He walked into the kitchen and immediately started yelling.
CAREFULL!!! CAREFULL!!! MORE OIL!!! TURN THEM!!!
TURN THEM NOW!!! WE NEED MORE OIL!!! THEY ARE GOING TO STICK!!! CAREFULL!!! CAREFULL!!! TURN THEM!!!
TURN THEM!!! HURRY UP!!! ARE YOU CRAZY!!!! THE OIL IS GOING TO SPILL!!! USE MORE SALT!!! THE SALT!!!!”
The wife was very upset, “What is wrong with you? Why are you yelling like this? Do you think I don’t know how to fry an egg?”
The husband calmly replied, “This is to show you what it feels like for me when I am driving and you sit next to me…”
“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.”
Albert A. Grant
Scott and Glenn went on a fishing trip. They rented all the equipment: reels, rods, wading suits, rowboat, car, even a cabin in the woods. They spent a fortune.
The first day they went fishing and didn’t catch anything. The same thing happened on the second day and the third. It went on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, Scott caught a fish. Driving home they were really depressed.
Scott turned to Glenn and said, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?”
Glenn replied, “Wow! It’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”
I had amnesia once — or twice.
A man was being proselytized by group of friends:
“Come join our study group. We want to discuss mankind’s relationship to God.”
“I’m married; I learned long ago that my opinions don’t matter.”
“But, when you die, will you go to heaven or to hell?”
“Wherever my wife tells me to.”
“Darling,” said the young man to his new bride. “Now that we are married, do you think you will be able to live on my modest income?”
“Of course, dearest, no trouble,” she answered. “But what will you live on?”
I really wish my supermarket had an aisle marked “unhealthy stuff”, so the chore of shopping wouldn’t take so long.
A motorist was on trial for hitting a pedestrian. The motorist’s lawyer made this point: “Your honor, my client has been driving for over thirty years.”
To which the lawyer for the plaintiff retorted: “Your honor, if we are going to judge this case by experience, may I remind you that my client has been walking for over fifty years.”
When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.
A woman went to the bank and applied for a loan.
“I want a loan, I’m going to divorce my husband.”
“Oh, we don’t give loans for divorces” the manager says “We make loans for automobiles, businesses, home improvements….”
The woman interrupts and says “Well, this would certainly be a ‘Home Improvement.’
Stress is when your mouth says “No problem” while your body screams “NO WAY!”
“We have women in the military, but they don’t put us in the front lines. They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, ‘You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms’.”
It takes two things to be a consultant – gray hair and hemorrhoids.
The gray hair makes you look distinguished and the hemorrhoids make you look concerned.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster.
Your life will never be the same again.
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