The Golden Rule the World Over, 4

The Mahabharata was likely crafted as far back as 800 BC. This epic Sanskrit poem is considered to be one of the great works of world civilization and contains the wisdom we continue to find in every recorded family of man. “The knowing person is minded to treat all beings as himself.” The question is this: why is it necessary for every culture in the world to assert the need to treat other people well——not just adequately, but with the same high standard of care we wish for ourselves? If this was an automatic behavior there would be no need to say it. If this were easy, there would be no need to aspire to it. And yet we nod and say, yes, of course, yes, we must do that. We must treat everyone the way we would like to be treated. And then we fail. Daily, hourly, even as we speak. Why? Well, I think that Paul said it best:

“I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.” Romans 7: 19-20

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