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If you don’t follow it, how can you complain?

By Alex Farmer
On March 19, 2014

There is an age-old sentiment that says "treat others as you want to be treated."
This is what is known as The Golden Rule (TGR). The idea that the world would be a better place if you just treat others as if they were you is undeniably a great construct.
Overall, people would be happier and that happiness would lead to a better society in which more people thrived.
So, it appears the key to success has been right under our noses. We missed it until now, but all we need to do is just go implement it.
Unfortunately, the story doesn't end here with this simple resolution. We didn't miss it and have always known about it.
The problem is that not everyone uses it as their guiding tool in their everyday lives.
The fact that we have made TGR appear easier-said-than-done is sad, because it is such a simple concept and is easy to follow.
Take just a second to answer the following question before moving on to the next paragraph. Why do we not see more people treating others how they would want to be treated?
Some of the answers you came up with to this question probably originated from words like greed, power and cruelty.
Let's face it; these words pack an unfortunate truth that has become of our society.
Ironically, they are all one-in-the-same at the end of the day.
Here are a few quick examples to prove how this is.
Example 1: A promotion comes down between two co-workers. One of the co-workers starts a rumor about the other in order to get the promotion.
Example 2: Person A believes he/she is "better" than Person B. Person A doesn't see any situation where Person B could help him/her. So, Person B isn't treated like Person A would treat their self.
Example 3: An individual makes fun of someone else because of what they are wearing.  
In these examples, which is an example of which word?
Example 1 is demonstrating greed because the co-worker wants the promotion, right?
Or, is it demonstrating that a rumor can be harmful to another person and that it's just cruel to knowingly lie about somebody?
Even further, Example 1 could support the idea that the co-worker starting the rumor feels it gives him or her power over the other worker.
Any way you look at these examples, all three of our base-words appear and could be perceived as the driving force behind the act.
Now, it could be said that the co-worker who started the rumor may not have gotten the promotion otherwise.
However, look at the grounds on which the worker received the promotion.
That person knowingly lied about someone else to get something.
This example, along with the others, highlights some of the major problems within our society. We just don't care what we have to do to get something.
Furthermore, once we get it, we get a false sense of superiority.
All that being said, TGR wasn't performed in any of the examples.
That caused us to end up with a cheated promotion, Person B being treated as inferior and an individual getting made fun of for their clothing.
So now that we have a better understanding of why TGR isn't performed all the time by everyone, let's look at a solution to the problem.
This is the easy part if you really want to see a change.
The truth is we can't control anybody's actions except our own.
However, leading by example has a much more powerful effect on others than you may think.
We need to strive to be the co-worker who earns the promotion.
We need to be the Person A who may be in a power-position but still treats Person B as if they were us.
Finally, we need to be the person who compliments someone on their clothing rather than mock them.
You may not always get treated fairly in life and you may have to pick yourself up after being knocked down a lot.
However, the one guarantee that you should always give yourself is that you will be able to lay your head down at night without feeling guilty about the way you treated someone that day.
If you do treat somebody wrong, apologize just like you would want them to apologize to you.
I encourage you to make The Golden Rule your motto for everyday life.
Let's make a change for the better together.
As always, follow me on Twitter @GatorZ25 and let me know what you thought about the article or what you want to see in future issues. Stay safe and God Bless!

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