I believe in the Golden Rule. I believe that in all
situations people should “treat others how they want
to be treated.” I have lived by this rule since I was
ten and my church youth group leaders gave my class a
project. My class was assigned to make a poster
stating what we, as individuals, believe in. After
much contemplation, I of course chose the Golden Rule.
The proverb that I chose, however, was the Hindu
Golden Rule. This form of the Golden Rule had the same
basic idea as the “standard American” Golden Rule with
a few words moved around, and added here and there. A
few weeks later is when the rule really hit me. I
started a book drive at my elementary school to donate
books to children who could not afford them. I went
on to volunteer at a preschool as a student helper,
and I began volunteering at a horseback riding club
for kids and adults with disabilities; but those are
just the notable things. Not only had I began to
respect my younger sister more, but also my friends
Many people do not realize that the Golden Rule can
be interpreted in various ways throughout the world
depending on religion and location. The standard
Golden Rule here in the United States differentiates
itself from other culture’s interpretations, even if
only by adding, subtracting, and rearranging some
words; but no matter how differently people can state
the Golden Rule, it’s a universal phenomenon that
carries the same general meaning.
Even though the Golden Rule is used in different
places and beliefs, it is obvious that it does not
have the same impact from person to person. One
person, for example, might dedicate their whole life
around the idea that treating others and himself with
respect is essential, while another person may simply
shrug off the idea of the Golden rule.
There are numerous instances in life that could be
made less problematic if every person followed some
form of the Golden rule. From the little things, such
as friendships being ended over preventable actions of
disrespect, to problems as notable as a war being
started because people disrespect one another, the
Golden Rule could help clear the air.
I believe in the Golden rule. I believe that if
every person respected themselves and others, that the
world could, and would, be a better place. On a
personal level, the Golden Rule has helped me grow and
grasp a better understanding of life.
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