LIFE’S GOLDEN RULE: You can find an inclusion of the ‘life rule’ in most worldwide religions.
Even so, it can hardly lay claim to being ‘universally’ accepted or enacted in any culture.
It is one of those rules or sayings which most of us would ascribe to in our mental state. But we find great difficulty in putting it into action as part of everyday life.
The golden rule of life is a good maxim to apply to your life. But, it is virtually impossible to uphold in its literal sense.
If we were all to practice this rule, then in theory, we would all be the same, and more importantly, all have the same.
Nonetheless, it is a good way to conduct your life if you are prepared for the consequences as well as the good feeling it bestows!
‘Golden Rule – Do Unto Others as You’d Like Them do Unto You!’
There is a practical problem for the implementation of the golden rule of life. We are all different! We also hold different positions in life. And individual position or status is a limiting factor to how this rule gets acted upon.
For example, politicians have various avenues of wealth available to them. Do they wish that the same is available for all?
Does a religious leader who preaches to his – or her – flock, live by the same creed as they insist others should. Status is a limiting factor for this rule to be a global application. It may well be that in principle, you try to live this rule with others in your same circle of status. But human experience would suggest otherwise.
A Good Sound Bite
The golden rule – however you paraphrase it – is always a good emotive sound bite for politicians. No one has used it to greater effect than President Kennedy.
He used it in his speech about civil liberties and the acceptance of the black Americans as fellow human beings. Powerful use, but did he himself live by the standards of the golden rule?
There is one basic problem with trying to live by the ‘Golden Rules of Life’. It does not allow for any retribution for those who choose to do something bad to us – or to the society in which we live!
The Golden Rules only cover your actions towards others.
For instance, someone may borrow something off you, and then point blank refuse to return it after use. How then, do you apply the golden rule in that situation?
You must then take heed of the Silver Rule of Life. That gets based upon not feeling or doing bad towards those who have done something to you.
So, if you stand back and allow this type of action to continue, what are the consequences for your life, and for society as a whole? Someone has done badly, and now you have to decide on how to enact the Golden Rule of Life! How is it possible to treat that person in the same way that you yourself would like to be treated?
ALSO IN THIS SECTION
Rules for Happy Living: Life changing moments rarely happen overnight, so what is a happy life?
Silver Rule of Life: The Silver Rules of Life may be easier to personally enact than the Golden Rule.
Unwritten Rules of Lifestyle: Many argue that without rules the human race may not be here today!