Woe Unto Us -- Hypocrites!


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Woe unto us...hypocrites!

Recent TV ads (CBS) have a young actor telling parents to "teach their children to treat others like they'd want to be treated themselves" ("Golden Rule"). First, let me say that I whole-heartedly agree; the Golden Rule is, in a nutshell, THE solution to all the world's problems...bar none. At least in my (humble) opinion.

Unfortunately, the very next TV ad might very well be for some local law firm telling that they will help "sue the pants off" the doctor who "botched the job"; but who very probably did his/her level best to help resolve whatever health issues were involved; but was perhaps unable to be as successful as everyone had hoped for.

Is that "treating others the way we'd like to be treated"? It doesn't sound like it to me, and it is clear that the prevailing message our children are bombarded with from every side is surely more about NOT treating others the way we'd like to be treated ourselves...and it doesn't stop there. How can we expect children to behave according to the Golden Rule when we, ourselves...the adults...the ones who supposedly "know better"...are dealing with each other in so many cut-throat and callous, uncaring and otherwise negative ways?

Woe unto us...hypocrites!

Then we can look again at some of our political system shenanigans. Nothing new there, but more of the same broken promises. Corruption and collusion everywhere, and corporate money funding big lobbying efforts with campaign donations and bought out "elected" representatives. Do the "regular people" really have ANY say? Do their votes really matter to anyone? Surely there are some politicians who are truly trying to do things in honorable and upright ways...it would be nice if ALL of them did, but we know better than that.

Our government leaders seem to be more interested in photo-ops and other re-election niceties than with the many and varied issues that their constituents might wish they'd pay more attention to. We hear it all the time...some critical decisions are often put off until after elections, especially if those decisions are thought to be potentially unattractive to voters. Somehow, careers and political agendas take priority in many cases, and it is the general public who usually suffers.

Woe unto us...hypocrites!

What do YOU think?

Do you think typical adult behaviors generally promote the Golden Rule?

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Tams R 4 years ago from Missouri

It's definitely a dog eat dog world with nearly every person out for themselves. While there's nothing wrong with supporting yourself socially, I do have issues with a multi-million dollar campaign to become the President. Let's let a poor man become president if he knows what he's doing. Let's see where that goes?

As far as whether our vote matters, I don't think we'll truly know the answer, but just considering the electoral college and the way it weighs in.... I say No our votes don't count as much as they should if at all.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Bravo, well said; unfortunately I don't think things are going to change anytime soon, maybe by starting with the children and getting them to do as we say, and not as we do.... the change may come.

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w1z111 4 years ago from New England, USA Author

Hi Tams...thanks for your feedback. Yeah, I often wonder how a "poor person" would handle the job of President...of course, he or she would have to have some very powerful charisma or character traits that could transcend the power of big money, but that's probably what we need. Thanks, again.

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w1z111 4 years ago from New England, USA Author

Hi tobusiness...thanks for your feedback. I'm afraid you're probably right about things changing anytime soon...unfortunately. I guess all we can do is try to communicate and learn and share ideas about some of the possible solutions for making even small improvements...lots of small improvements can become larger, more powerful and more sustaining, going forward. Thanks, again!

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