This I believe in treat others the way you would want to be treated

Alan - Midlothian, Virginia
Entered on April 29, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: golden rule

“Treat others how you want to be treated” is one of the most recognized phrases known as the golden rule. It is found in the scriptures of nearly every religion. It is often regarded as the most direct and general principle of ethics. An assumption can be made that morals derive from the golden rule approach. If everyone one would take the golden rule into consideration it would better the society as a whole.

Once the person can see firsthand what it’s like to be on the “other” side they will realize their mistakes and look at things in a different light. Even though it is not possible for everyone to switch roles for a day, it is important that we can visualize what it would be like to do so. Morality is important for society as a whole, as it makes life livable. By assessing the Golden Rule it would give people more morals.

I remember when I walked into my Fifth grade class and saw this sign on the wall in red and yellow letters: DO UNTO OTHERS, AS YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO DO UNTO YOU. I didn’t know that such few words had such an enormous meaning. After finding out what it meant, I knew this saying would have a big effect on me for the rest of my life.

Every day after saying the pledge of allegiance, the class would look over the blackboard and say The Golden Rule out loud. I really never knew what it meant; it seemed like everyone else knew what it meant but me. I was going to ask the question to someone to see if they knew what it meant. Later on during that particular day when the classes went outside, I asked this girl if she understood what the rule meant. She told me that it means think about what you are doing to someone before you do it and if you think it’s wrong don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you. Ever since that day, I try to show people respect and kindness because I know that’s how I would like to be treated.