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the Infinite Monkey speaks: a simple rule

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Let me give you a simple rule to follow when faced with an opportunity to “act ugly”:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

– Wayne  (Real Southern Men)

Uncommon Decency and the Southern Man

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  1. It’s true. It’s probably the best lesson out there on getting along with others.

    April 13, 2012
    • Yes, and so often not done! All of us ignore the golden rule from time to time, but I’m amazed at how many people out there get upset with others for doing things they do themselves. You just have to watch Survivor to see these people – every single season. If they’re told, “hey you’re a liar and a back-stabber, too”, they just can’t see it. Somehow they justify their own actions.

      April 13, 2012
  2. Hey, just to let you know, you’re one of the finalists for this week’s Weekly Question of the Week, so I’d recommend voting for yourself, slandering the others, etc.

    April 14, 2012
  3. mom #

    I am amazed at myself – I actually did practice this week. The van that I am currently riding has a couple of people who are not especially thoughtful and I have decided to leave the van for that and various other things. Today they needed a favor from me and I had an opportunity to be ugly to them, but deliberately chose to be the better person. I really wanted to ‘stick it to them’ for some of the rude behaviour they had displayed to myself and others on the van. I really had to restrain myself and do ‘the right thing’. Afterward, I was glad I had. I agreed to help them out and now feel much better about myself. Pat, pat, pat. That’s me giving myself a nice pat on the back.

    April 25, 2012
    • You know what, that is a great benefit of doing unto others what you would have them do unto you! If you had treated them poorly, “sticking it to them”, it would only feed the fire of those nasty feelings inside you. And you can be sure none of them would be thinking, “well, we deserved that.” No, they would be thinking that you are mean. By doing what is right and kind, by treating others well, it lifted your mood and made you feel good. Win-Win. Here is another pat on the back for you. 🙂

      April 25, 2012

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