— Clinton Kelly
"Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you." — the single greatest, simplest, and most important moral axiom humanity has ever invented, one which reappears in the writings of almost every culture and religion throughout history, the one we know as the Golden Rule.
Moral directives do not need to be complex or obscure to be worthwhile, and in fact, it is precisely this rule’s simplicity which makes it great. It is easy to come up with, easy to understand, and easy to apply, and these three things are the hallmarks of a strong and healthy moral system. The idea behind it is readily graspable: before performing an action which might harm another person, try to imagine yourself in their position, and consider whether you would want to be the recipient of that action. If you would not want to be in such a position, the other person probably would not either, and so you should not do it. It is the basic and fundamental human trait of empathy, the ability to vicariously experience how another is feeling, that makes this possible, and it is the principle of empathy by which we should live our lives.
Adam Lee, The New Ten Commandments
Today I was held up because of a heavy downpour. I thought I would be wasting half of my day waiting for the rain to subside. I never expect to have met a kind hearted petite lady with a ginormous umbrella, offering that extra shelter to cross over from point A to B. A simple gesture like that made me remember the incident of which I offered a random stranger my extra shelter, and somehow.. I could feel the good karma getting back to me. Blessed I am, its a reminder to always do good. Sometimes we get so caught up with our daily lives that we forget about the kindness and the empathy. Always good to reflect on the golden rule no?