Let’s Get Back to Basics

I have an idea.

A book, actually.  I have a book I want to suggest.

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper. Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. © 2007, Abrams Books for Young Readers.  Ages 4-8. In this very beautiful, very simple, extraordinary book, a grandfather explains the Golden Rule to his grandson. “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” Found in all the world’s religions and cultures, it is an easy statement, but apparently very difficult to live by. As Grandfather says, “‘You can’t make everyone in the world practice the Golden Rule. There’s only one person you can ask to do that.’ ‘Me?’” Says his grandson. “‘You. It begins with you.’”

I am thinking that perhaps instead of the bullying, name-calling, rock throwing, standing by, threatening, child abusing, ignoring, suicide-bombing, warring, raping, murdering, destroying behaviors the human race has been practicing over this past week – this Passover Week – this past Holy Week – perhaps, we can get back to basics.

Perhaps for just one minute, one hour, one day, one week, we can model for our children and for the world, what it looks like to live The Golden Rule.

Repeat it.

Do not do anything to another person that you would not want them to do to you.

Think about it.  Remember it.  Live it. Try it.

Imagine a world like that.

Kein yehi ratzon – May it be God’s will.

Happy reading,

Kathy B.

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