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Treat others The Way You Want to be Treated

Updated on January 6, 2015

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In this time where wars of the world seem so prevalent is it true that the majority of the world wants war?

The basis of every religion, simply put is this: Treat Others The Way You Want to be Treated or "Do unto to Others as you Would have Them do unto You."

Let's stop and think about this for a minute. What does it actually mean and what would it take to make this a reality?

Love One Another

Treating people the way we want to be treated starts with love, respect and understanding.

Loving each other and honour differences considering what a big world we come from, is a tall order or is it?

We should be in awe of the differences that are apparent in our cultures, eagerly learning what we have to offer one another in terms of knowledge, languages, methodologies in problem solving, community life, family life and survival in different landscapes; but we're not.

As a human race, if we all treated each other with this philosophy there would be no war, no violence, no starvation, no thirst, no homeless and no one would be unloved: it's against this philosophy of mutual kindness and respect that at one point in most of our lives all we have been taught or exposed to.

Love from around the world

It is with sadness in my heart that I watch or don't watch, as a small part of the the human race instead chooses to be violent, hateful, selfish, greedy and moves forward with revenge and jealousy in their hearts.

This part of the population that has controlled the violent, negative behaviours found within our society has been taught another set of principles: they come first: the individual is more important and significant than the sum of the whole world population.

This population that controls our world, with or without the support of the majority of world populations, are the leaders of the world,

Today's world leaders are so focused on maintaining and gaining control of the natural resources from around the world, that they are the ones who have forgotten this life lesson taught to them in their youth.

Superpowers are Super Bullies

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In a a world where leaders are fighting for their country's survival, value systems become lost, especially personal ones.

Leaders of today have become "beholding" to too many outside sources. Corporations, backroom deals that require favours returned for support, pressures from governments who use military presence as threats to do things "their way" all play major roles in the actions taken by those who decide the way things are going to be in our world.

Power today has become an obsession amongst the rich, famous and politically motivated.

Whereas at the beginning of a politicians career their motivations may have been true, they quickly change as they become embedded and sucked into political systems that don't actually work for the betterment of communities because of the selfish directions and motivations they become bombarded with as they become deeper intertwined in a system that is not true.

Not true to what we as a society have been taught that our political system is all about. Even that gets to become muddled.

In capitalistic countries where it is supposed to be a better system because everyone is represented, it isn't so. Elections are filled with cheating, deception and bull*&^%. After every election, scandals are exposed and not corrected, just fought over.

Countries that don't practice capitalism are bombarded by the countries and political systems that do. They are the professional bullies of our world, teaching individuals how to do it right. There is no question in my mind that is why there has become such a huge bullying problem in the world.

We have watched the superpowers for years over, brutally manipulate weaker countries into giving up their rights, their resources and their communities that are destroyed in the process.

Glorified and turned into prime time television spectaculars and specials for fans to cheer over, the ugliness presented to the public is supposed to make it acceptable. CNN was born during the Gulf War, glorifying the repeated killing fields created by powers that want the world to run their way ... and the world watched in awe, 24/7 ... on both sides.

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Power in Numbers

The breakdown of our societies as communities has made it harder for us to act as individuals. The separation of populations has given continued power to the politicians, corporations and media to mold us into being sheep, accepting and doing what we are told is best for the world.

There is more power in numbers than individuals. Many voices are stronger and heard better, but that's not what the controllers of our world want. They have created an environment that doesn't promote kindness and thoughtfulness but rather selfishness, greed, a yearning in too many to be considered acceptable by the sub-standards our society has lowered the bar to.

Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us has become a thing of the past, and I blame it on the corruption we watch and are exposed to daily in the media and by the leaders of the world. The daily examples of how to treat each other are harsh, nasty and not how any of us would really want to be treated, but it is what we are exposed to regularly in our lives.

Be the Change ...

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the Solution

The solution?

Perhaps turning off the television, becoming part of the activism that is happening world wide for change, becoming more involved in our communities and lending helping hands to those in need, having a more empathic attitude to those who are struggling in their daily lives and recognizing that we are all part of an imperfect human race is a start.

Reaching out to your neighbour and treating them as you would want to be treated in a difficult situation is a start too. Having the courage to recognize that we all have problems, we are connected, and we all need help one another is one way to change this trend.

Mahatma Gandhi gave us words to guide us, bring us back to that place of empathy and understanding and help us evolve past the negativity we are surrounded by. I leave you with his words in hopes that they trigger thoughtfulness in all of us and our actions...

"Be the change you want to see in this world", and doing unto others will follow.

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    • eye say profile image

      eye say 2 years ago from Canada

      I agree. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      A simple message more of us should take heed of.

      Great hub.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      eye say, I'm back to tell you that our Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was successfully impeached! That gives me back some amount of respect for the leaders of the Senate and the House who made this historical event happen for the first time.

      Justice was finally served. It's not that easy to dream of good governance, but after the impeachment, things are happening down here. No matter how hard our good leaders are trying to purge the bad guys, at least our people are given the first taste of hope! You are definitely right- one small voice in the wilderness joined by other voices of those concerned can make a difference!

      I'm glad to have come to your hub! I feel ashamed for being paranoid and giving up so easily! I thank you for rekindling in me my sense of pride in my government. God bless!

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      poo 5 years ago

      imagine if there were no bullies

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Lita: being the change is unbelievably hard to to do but a good one to personally strive for, at least for me. I'm not always successful, but at the end of the day often reflect on where I missed the mark and try to be self aware the next time I'm in the same type of situation again and change my actions accordingly. The feeding and taking care of people first is so incredibly important that if we all don't start discussing it it will only get worse, I totally understand the forces of misguided politicians who put power and money first, that is why I have become hopeful that maybe, just maybe social media can help rise the consciousness of world populations and actually start to demand peaceful action, change and redirection of our resources. Maybe if we all start speaking out together we will learn many voices can demand a change. The KNOY 2012 campaign has the potential to be the springboard for this kind of collective awareness of social responsibility, as I wrote about in my 2 hubs about KONY. Thanks for taking time to read and add your perspective, it's an important topic that needs to be thought about by everyone in the world, especially since our leaders so rarely go there.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is an excellent sharing of an actual world-wide situation. There are lots of good teachings and food for thought here that I long to see happen in my own country. My focus stops at this one- Mahatma Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in this world". Simply said but hard to follow if a supposed leader-protector of the people is weak and succumbs to pressures of this rotten world.

      I underscore your paragraph that starts-"Power today has become an obsession amongst the rich, famous and politically motivated." In my country today, it's a waste of time watching the drama on television about the impeachment case of no other than the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court! The Senate sitting as the Impeachment Court and the House as prosecution, doesn't give a good picture about our country. We're spending millions that could have saved millions of Filipinos starving. Very good article! Vote up and useful!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @Dine; thanks for pointing out that it's a hard to rule when everyone else dose the opposite; good insight. It doesn't mean though treat we stop trying it just makes it harder, it frustrates me too, obviously, thanks for reading and glad to put some soul food out there!

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      Dina Blaszczak 5 years ago from Poland

      I was taught by my parents this rule and I'm trying my best to follow it. Unfortunatelly it's hard to stick with it when the rest of the world does the opposite being dominated by selfishness and greed.

      Your hub is a good food for thoughts. Voted up and interesting.

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      Voted up. Very very well written. You hit the nail on the head.

      I feel exactly the same, I agree with you when you write "This part of the population that has controlled the violent, negative behaviours found within our society has been taught another set of principles: they come first: the individual is more important and significant than the sum of the whole world population" So sad.

      I also believe it to be true when you say "There is no question in my mind that is why there has become such a huge bullying problem in the world." and it is a very big problem, bullying is everywhere.

      People are manipulated through marketing and advertisement, accepting greed almost as if it is their right, to think only of me, me, me.

      It is sad to see that it is being taught to innocent children, as if it is the way of living life.

      Very good hub

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @dilipchandra12: thanks, glad you enjoyed it and thought it was useful, some great input from others has made it an even better read!

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Great article, useful as well. Nice hub, well written. Voted UP

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Bingo Marc! You got it! That's exactly what I'm talking about. I wish there was a way we could pressure advertisers into spending there money to help instead of increasing their dividends.

      Working in the TV industry I know how much money is spent on commercials and it would sicken the majority of the population I'm sure.

      You are spot on - thanks for putting it out there!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Could you imagine just Coca-Cola, Pepsi and the combined auto makers putting their advertising dollars into raising the incomes of the disabled and other poor people who can't work?

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      @aladinsane; great insights, you are bang on!

      or how about this?

      Along with all that money spent on war, all those corporations who spend millions of dollars on making commercials to sell us more crap actually put money back into our society to actually help. They pretend they are committed to causes but what I see is the billions they throw at marketing campaigns to make even higher profits... not the billions they put back into helping those who are struggling in this world and that should absolutely be their priority - they are the ones profiting beyond belief and can afford it.

      Ending war and forcing corporate responsibility should be the number one goals that would change our world dramatically.

      Your insights have got me churning, thanks for that, I appreciate it ... I feel another hub coming on!

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      aladinsane 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, CANADA

      Or as another famous quote goes, "Can't we all just get along?"... Great post, Eye!

      In this day and age, with so many people out of work, homeless, starving and with little hope, they turn to war as a means of something to do. Why else would people go to was just because they pray to a different God, or interpret their holy books differently?

      Take all of the money spent on war and on designing better ways to kill people, and put it all into making jobs and finder better ways to cure people would go a long ways to increasing our length of life - but that would cost the government in health care dollars! Never happen!

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      Jlava; glad I could mirror your sentiments, and happy to put a position out there that is agreed with. thanks for reading!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      You managed to mirror my sentiments on situations I have been exposed to lately! I wholeheartedly agree with your position. As a society our values have degraded past the point of no return I fear. Great Article - voted-up!