Sunday, May 05, 2013

Do the right thing

When people remember not just to be kind to others, family, friends, strangers, but to be considerate and courteous, the world becomes a better place for everyone. Rudeness and a lack of consideration for others has become a norm and we all feel the loss of it.

 The reason why people talked in the past about 'doing the right thing' was because some actions are right and others are wrong. Thinking of others, not of yourself, your needs, your fears, your wants, your comfort, is what it is about.

And thinking of others and 'doing the right thing' actually is good for our health because it boosts our immune response. But then to use that as a reason for 'doing the right thing' is self-serving which is just more of the same.

As the spiritual maxim, found in many religions for millenia, in varying forms, goes - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you are happy to be treated with rudeness, unkindness, a lack of consideration and even plain old-fashioned cruelty then be all means dish it out - no doubt it will return to you at some point.

But if you want to be treated with kindness, compassion, consideration and plain old-fashioned courtesy then that is what you need to offer to others. Just do the right thing and if you don't know what the 'right thing' is then ask a few people. Preferably someone older than 40!


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