Welcome everybody of all ages and all beliefs.
The focus of this website is tolerance, respect, and responsibility; and helping kids, teens, and adults understand what that is all about and how to live it in today’s very complex world.
Tolerance, respect, and responsibility involves every aspect of all of our lives:
the way we treat ourselves,
the way we treat other people,
the way we treat animals,
the way we treat nature and the earth.
Today’s world and environment is so completely different than it was in my parents’ and grandparents’ time. I am a grandmother myself, so I am straddling two different worlds now. My adult daughters are involved in two completely different lifestyles and two completely different levels of daily challenges, so I am experiencing a wide range of homes there too.
I love computer graphics, digital photography, the internet, and much of the modern technology that is available now. I also love my memories of my grandparents’ farm and all the times I spent at the farm as a child roaming the hills around the farm and going down to the river. I love the memories of helping my grandmother and the memory of my grandfather giving me my first driving lesson – on the small tractor – driving it around the field and plowing the field for a while.
Yes, it is important that kids and adults use modern technology very well so they can successfully move into or maintain good jobs or businesses of their own; or successfully find ways to navigate the very extreme challenges that many of us are facing today in these very difficult times. It is important to keep up with modern inventions, technology, science, and any other modern things that pop up. There are also the living solutions and lifestyle choices that do not include all this technology, and those lifestyles can be extremely successful today too. And I have been reading about how some people are combining both of those methods together.
It is important that kids and adults of all ages really understand and live by those words “respect and responsibility.” Those two words are very important in everything we do, everything we say, everything we think, everything we don’t do, everything we pass on to others around us.
I see the differences between the years long ago when I was a child / when my mother was a child and the way things are now; both good and bad differences. I see some very responsible kids and adults moving around in society today. I also see a large number of kids and adults oblivious to the world that they are walking through, pretty much blind to everything around them except those earphones in their ears and their texting devices; and as long as they can do and say anything they want, to anyone they want to do it to, then they are happy.
One response to all this could be “I live in the United States so I am free to do and say anything I want.” Actually, there is a line there that some people see and some people do not see. Where is it for you or for those around you? Where is that line? …… What line? …… You know, the line that should never be crossed. The line that means once you have stepped over it you have gone too far.
The Golden Rule is something that is found in similar forms in many different religions and is a thread woven through all of us. And no, my religion is not what you might think it is. My two daughters and I are three of the different ones. There are a couple of common teachings that are found in many religions and also are things that many Atheists try to follow.
A Golden Rule picture is very good at displaying many different types of people gathered together in one place. Take a look here: Golden Rule Pictures.
Here are a few examples of the Golden Rule.
“Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for any one the things ye would not desire for yourselves.” Baha’u'llah
“Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Udana-Varga 5:18
“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Leviticus 19.18
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
“All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Matthew 7:1
“Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.” Analects 12:2
Zigong asked: “Is there a single word such that one could practise it throughout one’s life?” The Master said: “Reciprocity perhaps? Do not inflict on others what you yourself would not wish done to you.” Analects, 15:2
Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God
“How To Survive Spiritually In Our Times” Copyrighted by Eckankar
“Because the Law of Love alone should tell you, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Page 92, Harold Klemp
God loves you because God made you. And God made all other Souls too. So treat them fairly; treat them justly.” Page 93, Harold Klemp
“A new face on an old truth: To receive love, give love.” Page 131, Harold Klemp
This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you. Mahabharata 5,15,17
Not one of you truly believe until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. Hadith (Sahih Al-Bukhari)
“One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” — Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
“Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow.” Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
“Our fathers gave us many laws, which they had learned from their fathers. These laws were good. They told us to treat all men as they treated us; that we should never be the first to break a bargain; that it was a disgrace to tell a lie; that we should speak only the truth…” Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
“Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.” Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
“Show respect to all people and bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.” Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee
“I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.” Guru Granth Sahib
“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien
“Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. — Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
Let’s all work together to make this world a better place, not a place of tension and stress and negative behavior; help spread some love and caring around your family, your neighborhood, and your community. Small gifts of caring usually go a very long way.
I spend a lot of time searching out information, historical and current, that might be of use on this website. I recently visited a website that focuses on “Religious Tolerance” in a very good way. The website is http://www.religioustolerance.org/. Their website currently has over 5,400 essays. This is a brief introduction from their website: “Almost all other religious websites explain only the beliefs of the webmaster or sponsoring faith group. We are different: we try to explain accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, worldviews, and systems of morality, ethics, and values. We hope that you will find our essays helpful and of interest.”
The GoldenRule4Everyone website gives you a variety of tools to help you with some of the complexities of living today. You will find resources on this website to assist you in making the words ‘Respect’ and ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Tolerance’ a very important part of your life and of kids’ and teens’ lives. Check out the variety of categories on this website. We include a very wide range of topics for you to explore. We will be adding and updating information and resources on this website as frequently as possible.
Currently, the categories I am working on are: “Reading Difficulties,” “Green/Sustainable,” “Preparedness,” “Blog,” “Library,” “News,” just to name a few! I am really excited about some of the new green and sustainable solutions that are being created today. These are very important for all of us, everywhere, to put into use as a responsible way to help the earth become healthier again.
Whatever Happened To Justice?
By Richard Maybury
I rate this book with 5 stars and highly recommend it for everyone to read. Richard Maybury does an excellent job at presenting information for all of us to learn from. He talks about current laws, what has gone wrong, and presents us with two essential fundamental laws. He devotes one chapter to “The Two Fundamental Laws.” He also gives us some relationship tips and includes an “Agreement Between Parent and Child,” and an “Agreement Between Teacher and Child.”
Even if you only read that one chapter, the chapter that is devoted to the two fundamental laws, then the purchase price of this book is very much worth it. That chapter challenges our definitions and perceptions of what is right and what is not right to do and say and think and feel. And those two laws that he discusses fit into everyone’s lives, into every belief and every way of life.
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