Does The Golden Rule Exist Anymore?

I remember when I was in kindergarten learned the wonderful GOLDEN RULE:

“Treat everyone the way that you would want to be treated.” 

The Golden Rule exists all over the world in most religions and cultures.

  • “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.” – Confucius
  • “Do to others what you would want them to do to you.” – Luke 6:31
  • “If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.” – Mozi
  • “Do not do to others that which angers you when they do it to you.” – Isocrates

You get it. Basically people need to respect people.

Does this happen all the time in my life? No. Do I think about it a lot? Yes. Do I try my best to follow it? Yes.

At least I’m trying. I’m human I make mistakes. Don’t act like you don’t. We aren’t perfect and that’s why we are all beautiful.

We are currently in a world where it seems like everyone hates everyone. People hate people who have colorful hair. People hate people who dress differently. People hate people who walk on the wrong side of the street. People hate people with dogs. People hate people with cats. People hate people who are living their own lives minding their own business. People hate people who make decisions for themselves. People are just hating on people for EVERYTHING.

Granted there are some cases that should warrant anger, but that’s not the road I’m taking this post down.

The purpose of this post is to try to open people’s eyes.

Respect is something that is hard to come by in today’s world. It’s sad that people are surprised if I hold the door open for them (Fun fact: It was a tradition at my college and people would get mad if you didn’t hold the door so now it’s a habit and a good one at that). Most people don’t hold doors anymore. They just mindlessly walk in and out of places minding their own business. I will get back to this point in a minute.

Our world is full of bullies and it’s sad. People are getting bullied because they aren’t living their life the way that someone else believes that they should. How F-ed is that? Would you want someone telling you how to live your life or telling you what you can and can’t do (within reason, like don’t murder ok? You can’t do that. It’s not nice.)? I don’t think so.

Last night Caitlyn Jenner said it perfectly last night on the ESPYs,

“If someone wanted to bully me, well, you know what? I was the MVP of the football team. That wasn’t going to be a problem. And the same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there who are coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”

BOOM. YOU GO GIRL.

Honestly, I don’t understand why people care that she made the choice she made. It’s her life. Who are we to tell her what to do or how to live her life. She wasn’t happy as a man so she became a woman and now can live happily the way SHE WANTS TO. She can live without feeling like she is constantly lying.

Here comes the religious side of it. Let me preface this with this: You absolutely do not have to believe what I believe in. I am in no way trying to preach Christianity to you. Yes, I’m a Christian and yes I believe in God. With that being said I think religion of any sort is wonderful because it gives people a set of morals and belief in a higher power. Christianity is just what is best for me.

ANYWAYS, who am I to say, “Oh well God is going to strike Caitlyn Jenner down for making that decision. God didn’t make her a woman for a reason. God this and God that…”

I personally believe that we are ALL God’s children. He is the one who will judge us when our time comes.  In the mean time what ever religion (or lack there of), race, color, size, or shape that we are we should just live our own lives following our own beliefs and morals. If someone’s life choices doesn’t match up with our own WHO CARES.  Remember earlier when I said people don’t hold doors anymore and mindlessly walk into buildings minding their own business? We should do that with issues like this.

People are more selfish than we realize. Think about it we want someone to live their life the way that will make US happiest. NO that’s WRONG. Instead we should just mind our own business if someone wants to change genders or marry who they want to marry. It’s not affecting you personally is it? If Caitlyn Jenner’s choice is REALLY personally ruining your life please comment below. I would love to hear why and how.

It is not our job to tell someone if they aren’t following The Bible, or any other religion’s text/morals. Now I’m not the best Christian. I’m human and I make mistakes like anyone else. I do know this, if you’re a Christian you are told to love one another as God’s children.

Judging people for their life choices and telling them they can’t change genders or marry who they want to marry isn’t spreading love. You do you. Let others live their own life with their own choices. Didn’t your mother say, “Well just because Johnny is going to jump off the bridge doesn’t mean you have to.”?

Thanks mom. Great advice.

Treat people how you would want to be treated.

Jenner also said, “Trans people deserve something vital: They deserve your respect.”

I 100% agree and want to add this little bit: ALL PEOPLE DESERVE RESPECT and they should get respect no matter what their choices are.

Do I think that Jenner has shown courage with this choice? Yes because she is going against the grain of the sports world and will always be bullied and criticized for this decision and she knew it and still made the decision to change. Do I think she should’ve won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award? Ehhhh… not necessarily, but I’m not getting paid to make that decision now am I?

She was not loving the body she was born in. She probably felt trapped. I don’t know how she felt and I may never personally understand it, but it’s like what I say in the other posts about body image. You should love yourself and not let anyone else tell you otherwise.

I do however think that she is going to do wonderful things with this platform. She is right. There are people and kids all over the world getting massively bullied to the point that they take their own lives. That’s sad. I think Jenner is going to continue to use her platform to try to educate people on what she had to go through and what others around the world are going through.

There are a lot of things that we as humans will never understand. The brain is a mysterious thing. What we can do to try to understand is listen if we choose to OR just not worry about it, ignore it, and mind our own business WITHOUT hating on her or anyone else.

She made her choice and she isn’t going around personally disrespecting you.

Now it’s your turn.

Choose to spread love and not hate.

If you aren’t religious at least follow The Golden Rule because even just that goes a long way.

“We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”

                                                                                 – Edwin Markham

XOXO

FF

PS: I know I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve been really busy. Life happens. I also realized that I don’t need to post things every single day to inspire others. Eventually I’ll just sound like a broken record. Instead I’ve decided to write and I feel passionate about a message and want to share it in the hopes that it will spread love and inspire others to share it. Hope you liked this one.

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