The reworking of this attempt at creating a working way of behaving during one’s life has gone through more revisions than the number in the title implies, and yet there are concepts that must be blended into the compact statement to approach an ideal existence. One of those behaviors that are generally known as The Golden Rule must be included; however, the Golden Rule as generally stated needs a tiny change of the spelling of one word. It is changing that word back to the spelling and the intent of the meaning that existed since the King James Bible, which was published in 1611. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you: do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Since about 1940, the usual English language translations have changed the word should to would. The problem with that is that you are only expected to treat others at your presently existing level of social development. However, the word should challenges you to treat others at a level even better than you expect them to treat you. Creating the habit of treating others as you believe they should treat you challenges you to be a better person than you presently are, and thus as you behave in that way you do become a better person. However, treating others as you would have them treat you creates habits that reinforce and make rigid the behavior you learned as a child. Treating others as they should treat you helps you to become a happier, healthier and wiser person, as well as helping others to have those qualities too.
We find hope and give kindness by:
- —discovering the orderly nature of our Universe, so we can help ourselves and others benefit from everything that it makes possible.
- —striving to physically survive as individuals, families, and a species by seeking opportunities to live and thrive in various unique places.
- —creating an ideally balanced human society, so you and I and everyone else can have a meaningful life in a sustainable world.
- —being accepted as dedicating our wisdom to the great tradition of alleviating the suffering of all living beings.
- —helping one another use our abilities for our own and others’ well-being by treating them a little better than we treat ourselves.
- —appreciating that we as a fellowship of people expressing diverse views are more likely to discover wonderful new ways of living with one another.
- —making a habit of giving attention to other people and acknowledging their need for appreciation in a cooperative existence within our shared world.
I like this 19th version because it explores kindness and cooperation a little deeper than the previous versions.