I guess getting older sitting around watching and listening to people (especially on Facebook) is taking a toll on me. It’s difficult to sit and watch and listen to friends and relatives promote toxic behavior all in the vein of “Righteousness”. This rambling is my opinion (mixed with some King James bible quotes).
I was reminded of this today and thought it was awesome. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” – Luke 6:37.
How great would it be if everyone realized we are all fallible, (“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philip 2:3), and our love and respect for others is a reflection of who we really are.
The adherence to the “Golden Rule” shouldn’t be an elective – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12). It should be mandatory, if you treat others not how you want others to treat you that makes you a hypocrite – and generally not a very endearing person to be with.
No matter your beliefs; some of us are Christians, some are Deists, some are Hindi, some are Jewish, some are Atheists. Everyone initially deserves being treated with respect; its that followup of how they respond to you which you can react (remember are you looking out of the bowl or is someone watching you from outside the bowl – your actions speak louder than your words). Initially don’t presume because they appear different than you that you are better than them – or nicer, or have more money, or whatever.
Try to remember this much. Your right to say whatever it is you think is right, and do whatever you think is right (obviously within legal limits) is equal to those rights of others. If you don’t think that equality exists – your effectively breaking the “Golden Rule”.
TL;DR; Be nice to others even when you don’t agree. No-one wants to deal with someone who intentionally wants to cause emotional damage. Everyone is fallible.