Personal Ethics and Golden Rule

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Personal Ethics - The Golden Rule & Six Pillars of Character University of Phoenix
April 11, 2010

The “Golden Rule” is truly worth more than gold. It applies to everything, everybody, and every relationship that has ever existed. This highly emphasized “rule” is somehow stated in every religion and belief system of both early and modern civilization. In Judaism, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”; Christianity, “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them”; Islam, “Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”; Jainism, “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated”; Confucianism, “Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence”; Hinduism, “One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire.” This priceless knowledge is the basis life and morality. War, discrimination, struggle, and troubles are all instigated because mankind refuses to follow such a simplistic concept. What I am willing to follow during my studies at University of Phoenix build on the rule that stands as the foundation of the morals that most people follow. As children, we have all heard of the “Six Pillars of Character”. My children even today, bring back papers from school enforcing these six pillars. Respect, caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, and citizenship are the pillars that stand tall above the golden foundation. Respect. Every person in this world is unique in their own special way. Each individual has a characteristic that is to be cherished, developed, and respected. Each individual also has their flaws, which are also meant to be respected. A sibling, family member, friend may, at times, seem “good for nothing” or “fruitless”. Those are the moments that they need the most respect. Respect their vices and help them in curing those imperfections. Be considerate of their feeling by using polite, willing words to help them. In times of frustration, it is only normal for a human being to obstinate in accepting assistance. Many of the wars that are initiated are because of the lack of respect between a group of individuals, nationalities, religions, etc. By simply accepting the difference and respecting the beliefs of others, world peace will not seem like an impossible task as it seems like today. Caring. Caring for others can be such an easy achievement when you eradicate the negative vengeance and ego that swirl around in everyone’s souls. You must truly feel the love and compassion that occurs when you forgive others or help the needy, a feeling of freeness and joy. Too often, we underestimate the power of a warm smile, a kind compliment, a listening ear. A minute, simple act of care can change a life. When the talk of caring comes, I always think about an e-mail I had received a few years ago about two young teenage boys. The email is quoted below: “One day, when I was a freshman in high school,

I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.

His name was Kyle.

It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, 'Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friend’s tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.

They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.

His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him...

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around...
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