Christian Long

Karen Armstrong: Let’s Revive the Golden Rule

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Reflection by DEVEN P.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Karen Armstrong: Let’s Revive the Golden Rule

The Golden Rule states compassion can solve all of the world’s faults: “Do to others what you would like to be done to you.”

Compassion is the awareness of the suffering of people around you and the desire to alleviate it. If you treated everybody the way you wish to be treated there would be no war or terrorism, poverty or hunger.

Rabbi Hillel said that the Golden Rule is the core of Judaism. In Karen Armstrong’s and my own opinion this is not only the basis of Judaism but every major religion in the world. In fact, every single major religion has a version of the Golden Rule. If the Rule was set in place and used “all day and everyday” things such as violence and poverty wouldn’t exist. There would be no civil wars or corruption.

The only way to truly achieve this is to cast aside egos and self pride. What would happen if a wealthy man stepped out of his limo and spoke to a homeless man? What would they learn from each other? You don’t have to like each other you just have to respect each other. Agonistic ideas are overtaking the Golden Rule. The desire to win and the competitive attitude are engulfing the desire of helping others.

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