Saturday, September 28, 2013

When Did The Golden Rule Become So Tarnished?

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I’m sure at some point you were taught or at least heard of The Golden Rule. I realize it’s a Bible verse but the sentiment should have little to do with religion. It should have everything to do with treating people a little kinder. It’s thinking about what you say before you speak or before you hit the “enter” button. Maybe “Empathy Rocks,” “Embrace Empathy” or “Get High on Empathy” would be more socially acceptable. What has me on a soapbox? It started running through my mind when another young person gave up on living after being taunted online with “You should kill yourself” and “Why don’t you just die?” Come on, seriously? What is going on in the mind of someone writing such horrible things? How do those kids feel now that the tween took their advice and ended her life? Maybe if they had just stopped to think how they’d feel if such posts were directed at them, they wouldn’t have pressed, “enter.” Then yesterday, I was in the grocery store parking lot and witnessed an older man honking, cussing, and making obscene gestures towards a woman in another car. She wasn’t talking on a cellphone nor did she cut him off, she simply pulled out before him. This man was livid. Either he spent the rest of his afternoon trying to calm down or letting his temper escalate. Why? What good did his anger or cussing do either of them? Maybe she just didn’t see him. When did getting mad and being mean to people become so acceptable? Do we blame television? No, we've been doing that since the 1950’s. Should we point the finger at video games, music, books, drugs, or alcohol? It’s possible drugs and alcohol are a contributing factor but not the entire reason. Let’s blame the real culprit, apathy. We seem to have quit caring about others’ feelings. What has happened to self-control? I’ve heard people scream at teachers, waiters, cashiers, other drivers, bike riders, and sometimes anyone in their path. Just because someone works with the public doesn’t make them fair game for bullying. Even more disturbing is hearing adults rage and belittle their children or spouses. I've seen things written about others that are brutal to say the least. Do people ever think how they’d feel if it were them on the receiving end of these tirades? The old saying of “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is a bunch a malarkey. Remember, everyone is fighting his or her own personal battle. You don't have to go to war with them. Sure, there are some really evil people in the world but I have to believe that the majority are good-hearted. If we all try a little harder to see things from another’s perspective, the world will be a much nicer place. Take the time to listen to your words before they leave your mouth in anger. Read your words before you send them into the cyber world. Let’s get the Golden Rule back out and polish it up until it glistens from sea to shining sea.

Recipes You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know
Gotta Love Butter Cookies
1 box Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix
1 stick butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese @ room temperature
1 egg
Combine all ingredients with electric mixer until well blended. Chill dough for two hours. Roll into balls (about walnut size). Roll balls in powdered sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar when completely cooled.