Eye on the world: Living the Golden Rule

In “Measuring the kindness of strangersThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes “Microsoft now offers courses on online safety in its stores. Among its recommendations: ‘Live the Golden Rule by acting with empathy, compassion and kindness in every interaction, and treating everyone they connect with online with dignity and respect.’ 

“Perhaps no country is more aware of promoting kindness than Singapore. Its government has long tried to shape social behavior, such as gum chewing, sometimes with measures widely viewed as disproportionate. But after a recent burst of shaming bad behavior on a website called STOMP, it launched a Kindness Movement in 1997. The aim, according to Dr. William Wan, general secretary of the organization, is to make helping strangers more ‘accepted and sometimes even expected social behavior.’

“... Yet Singapore officials admit that graciousness toward others cannot be ordered up. It must come from the heart and is built out of humility, integrity, and patience.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.

Matthew 7:12

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

This rule is forever golden: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”

Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 90

And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 497

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “A simple (but golden) rule”: “Practicing the Golden Rule can provide the opportunity to turn things around. Why? Because it is based on a spiritual stance that refuses to accept that ungodlike behavior—that anger, frustration and hate are normal. The Golden Rule provides the opportunity for us to treat everyone with the same respect and dignity we expect and want for ourselves. It supports the desire to live a more unselfish and loving life.” And “Loving others—and loving our own innate spiritual selfhood—brings results. It is much more than etiquette and good manners. It’s about listening to, cherishing and acknowledging each individual’s genuine spiritual nature.”

In “The Golden Rule”: “We are all children of the one heavenly parent, divine Mind; and in this Mind we are at one with God and with each other. God governs and controls His universe in one eternal unfoldment of good, which no so-called law of mortal mind can retard, pervert, or obliterate.” And “May we, as Christian Scientists, remember we have enlisted as soldiers in this battle for the overcoming of all that is unlike good! ‘Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you;’ let us keep this ever in our hearts, ever on our lips, ever in our lives, marching triumphantly to victory, side by side, shoulder to shoulder, until, one great, strong army, we shall trample down to its utter destruction the seeming forces of the one evil.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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