This I Believe

Therese - Livonia, Michigan
Entered on October 3, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: golden rule

I Believe in the Golden Rule

As children we learn about the golden rule; not who has the gold makes the rules, but that we should treat others how you would want to be treated. Throughout the years it seems as if people lose sight of this idea.

In Elementary School we are taught to share and be nice to others, but as we get through high school and move into our adult lives, we become self involved and only care about our goals and to hell with anything or anyone that gets in the way. It’s selfish thinking like this that causes the world to be full of rude and unfriendly people. It causes road rage, domestic abuse, murder, and even war. Just think, if Hitler had thought about the Golden Rule the holocaust would have never happen. If Saddam had been thinking of treating people the way he wanted to be treated we wouldn’t be at war right now.

While I was pregnant I saw a commercial on TV for a bank, and in the commercial everyone was doing just one nice thing for another person. Someone would hold the door open for a mom with her hands full, then a young guy would give up his seat for an elderly woman, and the point of the commercial was that their bank was full of nice people; but it made me tear up. At first I thought that it was just the hormones, but after seeing the commercial a few more times I realized that I got emotional because I wished that the world was like that commercial. It hit me that I was bringing a baby into to an imperfect place, where life is not as simple as just following the Golden Rule.

The world will never be a “perfect” place, because people can never follow the Golden Rule. There will always be people who are selfish and self centered, and there may even be a few “Hitlers” throughout the years. If people could just treat everyone the way they would want to be treated, our world could possibly be a more peaceful place. The best that I can hope for my daughter is that people could just try a little each day to follow the Golden Rule.