Letter: A return to the Golden Rule

Published: 4/10/2018 12:01:10 AM

E pluribus unum, our national motto (“out of many, one”), is something that deserves serious consideration at this time. Some may feel that there is too much attention being paid to the pluribus and not enough to the unum. How does one cope with this?

We can look at a couple of ways. One way is through empathy. Don’t only listen to another person, walk a mile in their shoes.

There is a beautiful example of this. At the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords there were three players: President Jimmy Carter, a devout Baptist; President Menachem Begin of Israel, a devout Jew; and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, a devout Muslim. They came together to design the first Arab-Israeli peace treaty. They did it in two weeks even though they only worked four days each week. You see, each honored the other’s Sabbath. Sadat’s was Friday, Begin’s Saturday and Carter’s Sunday. Attending each other’s services, an element of empathy, prevailed.

In addition to empathy, there is another way that is easily recognizable. Jews would say: What is hateful to you, so not do to your fellow man. This is the entire law – all the rest is commentary. Christians say: Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. That is the law and the prophets. Islam says: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. It’s the Golden Rule, a.k.a. love. What say you? How about we try it?

CHARLES STEPANEK

Concord


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