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The Golden Rule Is Tarnished January 13, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People.
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Perhaps one reason there is so much intolerance and race to judgment is the Golden Rule so many of us learned in Sunday School:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

It encourages us to view our way of dealing with the world as THE right way, and to notice when others  fall short of the bar we’ve set for THEIR behavior.

As we focus on US, and evaluate how we want others to treat US, we become a bit like The Church Lady, pursing our lips, Well, isn’t that special?!

Perhaps we need to adopt a different Golden Rule:

I bless you. I release you. I set you free.
I allow you to be you and me to be me.

Aah . . . that’s better.

What say you?

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