WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO NOT CAUSE ANY HARM?
(The Golden Rule Is a Universal Principle)
When you witness someone being mean to someone else, imagine how you would feel if the meanness was done to you. If you watch the meanness then you participate in it because you stand by and don’t object. If everyone would use this to judge their personal actions, the world would be a better place. Each of us would diligently be doing unto others in the kindest way possible.
To extend this thought, we wish for strangers what we wish for our families. We are all part of a community, and we must look out for one another’s welfare. To give something to someone that we would not give to our own families is a breach of our duties to our community and the golden rule.
The highest form of public trust is government. We place our confidence in it to secure for our welfare because we cannot do it ourselves. For example, we can’t monitor the sewer or water system. We don’t generate our own electricity. We trust our officials to do it for us. We pay taxes to support the people we trust to make good decisions in these matters.
What happens when the officials make poor decisions? We all feel the effects of those decisions, because poor decisions ripple out into our communities. A current example is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Someone made the decision to change the water source for the city inhabitants. I believe there is an investigation into the process of this decision making now. We need to remember that everyone surely did the best they could with the information they had at the time. At least we want to believe this.
Apparently, they didn’t have enough data to make a correct decision, or they chose to ignore the data they had. I’m sure we’ll get to the bottom of it. If there was a decision that deliberately breached the public trust, the decision makers need to answer for it. A breach of the public trust is a serious and indictable offense.
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