Yom Kippur Adult Discussion

The Golden Rule

I want to treat you roughly
and tell you that,
I was just practicing the golden rule.

Erin Anastasia

The Golden Rule

As I watch many world religions fight, acting inhumane and cruel
It makes me ask the question, what’s happened to the Golden Rule?

Countries at war with one another, soldiers dying, a world of dread
Again I ask, has the Golden Rule been buried with the dead?

People going hungry every day, so many in the world oppressed
Is it possible the Golden Rule has been forgotten or suppressed?

We read of people murdering one another, even children, and we’re stunned
And I ask as we wipe our tears, has the Golden Rule been shunned?

Yes, so many sorrowful stories we hear each day…we hope they can’t be true,
And we ask, have we forgotten Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

As I see people hating people just because of how they look or who they are
I think to myself…Do unto others hasn’t really evolved very far.

In a world where we are so connected we should look within our hearts
And find the reason why, when we’re so close, we still so far apart.

I believe the answer is a simple one and will come as no surprise
For it’s been around since the dawn of man sitting right before our eyes.

If you look at most of the world’s religions, (I remember learning this in school)
A basic lesson in all of them is some form of The Golden Rule.

Ah, but it’s not enough for the religions of the world, the Golden Rule to teach
Another thing I Iearned in school…we must practice what we preach.

We can point fingers as to the cause but we all shoulder part of the blame
For it’s up to each of us to follow the rule and treat everyone the same.

Is it possible the answer is so simple or am I once again the fool?
For thinking the world would be a better place if we all practiced the Golden Rule.

If it worked, if starting today we all practiced The Golden Rule
And the world became a better place…then I would gladly play the fool.

Jim Yerman

The Golden Rule

Inspired by Shel Silverstein

The golden rule says
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
But Lee was a scientist and set out to test this rule

He tripped an old man on the side walk
Stole candy from a baby
Sang off key in choir rehersal, driving his director crazy
Ranout on his lunch tab
Pulled the tail on a pupy
Even gave a homeless man a check
Signed, but for no money

Lee came back home ready to be punished for his sins
But nothing happened.
Lee had been forgiven

The whole time Lee was acting like a fool
Everyone he’d wronged was living by this rule
They forgave him and sought no retribution
That day the scientist found his problem had a solution

Eddie Henderson

In nearly every religion I am aware of, there is a variation of the golden rule. And even for the non-religious, it is a tenet of people who believe in humanistic principles. – Hillary Clinton

We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule. – Ronald Reagan

At the end of the day, the Golden Rule is called the Golden Rule for a reason – do unto others as you would have done to you. In terms of commandments you could probably just do that one and you would be well off. If everybody could adhere to that one, we’d be OK, as long as a masochist wasn’t in charge of people. – Chad Kroeger

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. – George Bernard Shaw