Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Golden Rule - Realistic?

Since I was a little kid, I've had the Golden Rule shoved down my throat. Not that I have anything against it, but does it actually work? If it's supposed to apply to everyone, then shouldn't we treat others how they treat us? After all, thats how they want to be treated, right? Isn't the old edict "an eye for an eye" more appropriate?


KellyR. said...

I understand where you are comming from, and it seems very logical but there is very good ideas behind the golden rule for youngsters. The golden rule of treating people how you want to be treated is the first step of understand what the other person is going through, that they are similar you and me. This is the first step to allow themsleves to put themselves in the other person's shoes and see that they aren't totally different. Also if America was treated the way we treat other countries, let's just say we would have another world war. The sense of compassion may be brain washed in to little kids life but that is the only way some people think we can solve any problems is by starting them young.

bway_guy said...

So, for some reason, the optimist in me is coming out while reading this post. I, too, have had the golden rule pushed upon me. But I actually try to live like that because I was the kid who was always picked on in elementary school. So, I don't want to treat kids how I was treated, since I hated it and didn't have any friends. But, sometimes I thik it works, and other times I think that people are just cruel because they don't realize what they're doing.