I will be honest. I am not a student of The Bible, so I hope it is not presumptuous of me to quote it. As most have, I should think, I am aware of “The Golden Rule.” It seems obvious enough: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I mean, how simple is that?
I will tell you what I have learned in my research. According to Wikipedia, this is “A command based on words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: ‘All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.’” It goes on to explain that this is shared in the New Testament, in the Book; Gospel of Matthew:
Matthew 7:12 is the twelfth verse of the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This well known verse presents what has become known as the Golden Rule.
The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures.
Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
So… This begs the question: Why is this so hard to understand? Why can’t we treat each other equally, as God’s children? Are we not all the same flesh and blood underneath? No matter what color our skin? No matter our political party alignment? These are very trying times, I know, but its seems like we would band together to get through this crazy pandemic, these unusual and dangerous weather events and more, rather than work so hard at being divided.
I have ALWAYS had a problem with this. I remember writing a paper in junior high (a million years ago LOL) suggesting that if people were pink with purple polka dots, if we all looked alike, everything would be so much easier. True, it was an adolescent’s idea. But I think I made the point and my English teacher sure liked it. We have this one home, Planet Earth, and we’ve got to learn to share it and care for it NOW.
Here’s a song for you, written by Chet Powers, aka Dino Valenti, famously performed by The Youngbloods:
Jan is a singer, a songwriter, a licensed body worker specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, and a teacher. She is an advocate for the ethical treatment of ALL animals and a volunteer with several animal advocacy organizations. She is also a staunch believer in the need to promote environmental responsibility.
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“And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”