The Golden Rule

What does the Golden Rule mean? In this poem, three men were asked and while each had different answers the end result is the same. If we all lived according to the golden rule there would be much more peace and happiness in this world. And, if this world is to change it is up to us to be the change and live according to the golden rule!

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The Golden Rule
Poet: William Arthur Ward

I asked three men this question yesterday:
"What does the Golden Rule mean most to you?"
One could not hear what each man had to say
Without becoming filled with faith anew.

The one was a man of God indeed
Who serves with consecrated heart and head.
His answer was the keynote of his creed:
"To love thy neighbor as thyself," he said.

The second man, an athlete on the court,
He paused to rest, and wore a handsome smile.
He told the Golden Rule of any sport:
"To me, it means to go the second mile."

The third, a friendly merchant in a store
Was quick to share his thoughts and point of view
To him the Golden Rule is giving more
Than one expects his fellow man to do.

I sought one answer best of all the three,
Then suddenly I clearly understood
The simple truth that each had said to me:
The Golden Rule is living Brotherhood.

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You may also be inspired by the words below about the golden rules. These are taken from different cultures and beliefs but they all point back to a common theme.

Golden Rules
by Author Unknown

Let none of you treat his brother in a way he himself would dislike to be treated. - Mohammedan

Do as you would be done by. - Persian

What you would not wish done to yourself do not do unto others. - Chinese

The true rule in business is to guard and do by the things of others as they do by their own. - Hindu

Do not that to a neighbor which you would take ill from him. - Grecian

One should seek for others the happiness one desires from, one's self. - Buddist

The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves. - Roman

Whatsoever you do not wish your neighbor to do to you do not unto him. This is the whole law, the rest is a mere exposition of it. - Jewish

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, ye even so to them. - Christian

Matthew 7:12
And from the Bible (NIV), in Matthew 7:12, Jesus said:
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."

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