Updated: Jan 16
The “Golden Rule” of Christianity says: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. This general rule of humanity is continually broken because many lack compassion for people they view as different from themselves.
Wikipedia says this about compassion: Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves. Does it not seem like we could use more of this in our country?
Estimates say 70% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. On top of that, most other religions have some sort of statement to live by that equates to the same meaning as the Golden Rule. This means 75%-80% of people in the U.S, equating to 280 million people, should be living the Golden Rule. Yet we still see so much hate, racism, discrimination, killing, selfishness, bullying and complete lack of caring for others.
Some people want to say ”All Lives Matter”, while their actions do not match this statement. The nuance may be that ‘all lives matter’ but not equally in their eyes. Lost in this statement is the fact that there must be equality in how people are treated, no matter their race, religion, political affiliation, sexual preference, heritage, where they reside or any other reason.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What is stopping us from living out this simple yet powerful phrase? How would our country be right now if we remembered this anytime we disagreed with someone else’s opinion? How much negative energy could we remove from our planet if we followed this rule?
The next time you have a reaction that does not show compassion for another human being, animal or this planet, pause, and think about what you can do in that moment to better humanity. I promise you, it will fill you with much joy.