I can’t recall when I first learned the Golden Rule, but I’m sure I’d heard it plenty by kindergarten. I didn’t know it had a biblical bas until a bit later, and I was well into adulthood before I realized Christians hadn’t cornered the market with their primary rule of engagement: ”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7:1).
It’s a fine rule, from preschool through old age. It works in a variety of circumstances including, but not limited to, the sandbox, the schoolhouse, the home, the church, the workplace, Congress, and social media. Its versatility is complemented by its clarity: if you like being treated with respect and kindness, treat others that way. No caveats, no disclaimers. The Golden Rule is elegant in its simplicity. Continue reading