war versus the golden rule


 “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” — Jesus

“What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.” — Hillel

“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” — Muhammad

“What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others.” — Confucius

The Golden Rule is a basic moral principle which has been taught throughout history in nearly all the world’s major religions and cultures.  If we all agree that a fundamental ethic in human life is to treat others as we would like to be treated, why do we continue to be at war?  How do we rationalize doing harm in a way that invites the same treatment back to ourselves and those we love?  What could possibly be more important than life and love that enables us to excuse ourselves for imposing acts of violence and murder upon our fellow human beings?

I know that I am in good company with those who abhor the war.  Yet it can be very frustrating because it often seems like it is a matter that is out of our control.  We can continue on subscribing to that mindset and feed our sense of helplessness that nothing will ever change until we get the right person in office.  Or we can take matters into our own hands and make that Golden Rule so strongly prevalent in our society that war becomes an unthinkable act for all colors of states.

We have with us now the challenge to push the power of our human spirit as far as we have seen possible with technology.  Anything is possible if we believe it can be and if we direct our energies towards it.  What can you do today, tomorrow and the days that will follow to promote the Golden Rule?

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