Worldwide, the Golden Rule is known as the law of reciprocity. It is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated. It is seen in many religions and cultures. This scripture can be used in either a positive or negative manner when governing one’s conduct.
The positive way to utilize this Golden Rule is one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. However, in a negative manner, one should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated. Likewise, what you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself.
The Golden Rule is not one of those rules which means “I give so that you will give in return.” Rather, the Golden Rule is that when you give or help someone, you do this from the goodness of your heart, without the expectation of anything in return.
The concept occurs in some form in nearly every religion and ethical tradition. It can also be explained from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, sociology, human evolution and economics. Psychologically, it involves a person empathizing with others. Philosophically, it involves a person perceiving their neighbor also as “I” or “self.”
Sociologically, “love your neighbor as yourself” is applicable to individuals and groups. In evolution, “reciprocal altruism” is seen as a distinctive advance in the capacity of human groups to survive and reproduce, as their exceptional brains demanded exceptionally long child-hoods and on-going provision and protection even beyond that of the immediate family, In economics, “without some kind of reciprocity, society would no longer be able to exist.”
According to Simon Blackburn, although the Golden Rule “can be found in some form in almost every ethical tradition,” the rule is “sometimes claimed by Christianity as its own.” Christians say that the “Golden Rule” was given by Jesus of Nazareth, who used it to summarize the Torah: “Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. … Forget about the wrong things people do to you, and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Scripture says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3.
In one of my favorite Napoleon Hill video seminars, he talks of how he spent three hours each morning and three hours each night reading the Bible, meditating and visualizing the goals and dreams he wanted to accomplish for that day. Pay close attention to what his research has taught millions. Here, I share enough of his research to inspire you to want to learn more about the process and to go into action too.
In life, you do reap what you’ve sewn. When a farmer goes out in the fall and tills his soil, fertilizes and plants and waters the land, he is expecting to reap a harvest in the spring and summer. Don’t expect to reap a harvest if you did not plant one.
Is your harvest one of mean-spirited behavior? Did you give to someone just so you could tell someone about it, gossiping to make yourself look large? Or did you give quietly, and not even tell anyone, because you did your giving the way the Bible tells us to? When you give quietly, you will reap what you’ve sewn while you are down here on earth. But the Bible also tells us, you are putting stars in your crown, and you will get yours when you get in Heaven!
Lyndia Grant is the host of “Think on These Things,” a radio talk show on WYCB-AM, 1340, Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her at 202-518-3192, via email at email@example.com or through her website at www.lyndiagrant.com.