The golden rule


It does the heart good to see the work that Kincardine District Secondary School students and volunteers put into their annual Christmas drive to make Christmas a little bit better for those less fortunate.


And the response of the public to the drive, held Saturday, shows that we live in a caring community.


But that response is not unusual in this area. A few weeks ago, the public raised a considerable sum of money in a fund raiser for Doug Kennedy. And service clubs, churches and other good people make a habit of giving back to the community.


Still, the world seems a troubled place as Christmas approaches. We live in a society where the majority of people have ample, yet there seems to be this need to acquire more and more.


Trouble is greed doesn’t bring happiness.


Every major and philosophical following understands the importance of treating people as you would want to be treated. Consider the following eight golden rules, found in Glenn Van Ekeren’s, The Speaker’s Sourcebook.


1. So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do to them. – Christianity


2. That which is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. – Judaism


3. One precept to be acted upon throughout one’s whole life…. Do not unto others what you would not have them do to you. – Confucianism


4. Do not hurt others in a way that you yourself would find hurtful. – Buddhism


5. Not one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. – Islam


6. This is the sum of your duty: Do nothing to others which would cause you pain if done to you. - Hinduism


7. Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss. – Taoism


8. That nature alone is good which keeps from doing unto another whatever is not good for itself. -  Zoroastrianism


If more people lived by the golden rule, the world would be a much happier place.




And while I’ve got the quotes out, here’s another:


Do all the good you can

By all the means you can

In all the ways you can

In all the places you can

At all the times you can

To all the people you can

As long as ever you can!

-          John Wesley




Since the deadline for the next edition is tomorrow and I’m liable to miss it, I’ll take this opportunity, on behalf of Dana and myself, to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


The next edition of The Independent will be printed on the weekend and be in the office and stores Monday and delivered in the mail Tuesday.


The office closes Monday about 4 p.m. and doesn’t re-open until Thursday, Jan. 2.