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The Golden Rule

  1. 1. The Golden Rule Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion
  2. 2. The Golden Rule <ul><li>The Golden rule is a an ethical guide that helps us relate to others, and others relate to us. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an ethical guide because it leads us towards good and away from evil. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Questions <ul><li>In the face of tough decisions, who are the people you look up to for good advice and guidance? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the Golden Rule? <ul><li>The Golden rule can be summarized this way: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words: treat others as you would like to be treated. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Question <ul><li>How would you like others to treat you? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like to be treated in the same way you treat others? </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Golden rule <ul><li>The Golden rule has a long history: </li></ul><ul><li>Confucius (500 B.C.) “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” </li></ul><ul><li>Aristotle (325 B.C.) “We should behave to others as we wish others to behave to us” </li></ul><ul><li>From the Mahabharata (200 B.C.) “Do nothing to thy neighbor which thou would not have him do to thee after.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Jesus <ul><li>Jesus (30 A.D) “Do unto others as you would like to be done unto you.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Golden rule is about love for our neighbor. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions <ul><li>What do you think all these great thinkers have in common with Jesus our Lord? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who is my neighbor? <ul><li>My neighbor is anyone I interact with or relate to. </li></ul><ul><li>Love of neighbor has three dimensions. </li></ul><ul><li>A. Love of self. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Love of those who are closest to me. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Love of those who are strangers to me. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Questions <ul><li>Why do you think teenagers have a difficult time loving or accepting themselves the way they are? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think is possible to love others while hating ourselves? </li></ul>
  11. 11. What does the Golden rule teach? <ul><li>The Golden rule teaches that a good person is: </li></ul><ul><li>concerned with and responsible for the well-being of others. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Question <ul><li>How are you concerned with the well being of others, for instance: family, friends, strangers? </li></ul><ul><li>What social issues are you an advocate for or concern with? Example: social justice, fair wages, racism and so forth. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What does the Golden rule teach us? <ul><li>The Golden rule asks us to place ourselves in the position of those who will be helped or harmed by our actions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Golden rule <ul><li>Example: If you don’t want to be lied to or deceived, don’t lie to or deceive others. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: If you want others to keep their commitments to you, keep your commitments to them. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Question <ul><li>Do you think most people think of others before they act? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think there is so much apathy in our world? </li></ul>
  16. 16. What does the Golden rule require? <ul><li>The Golden rule requires: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Restraint </li></ul><ul><li>B. Self-discipline </li></ul><ul><li>C. Sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>D. Love </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Golden Rule <ul><li>Restraint: is the ability to control our impulses. </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: We have control over what we say to others. </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Discipline: The ability to restrain our desires on a daily basis , another word for self- control. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Avoiding road rage, avoiding making rude comments and so forth. </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Golden Rule <ul><li>Sacrifice: The ability to give up something for the good of others and oneself. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Giving up computer games in order to study more and get better grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Getting a second job to help son or daughter go to a better school. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Golden Rule <ul><li>Love: The ability to care for others with unconditional concern, or in an unselfish manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: The love of a father or mother towards a son or a daughter. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: The love of a son or daughter towards his or her parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: A boyfriend that does not pressure his girlfriend into sex or vice-versa. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Question <ul><li>Why do you think practicing self-control is important in making this world a better place for all? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is addiction a terrible disease in our society? </li></ul>
  21. 21. Who are the enemies of the Golden Rule? <ul><li>Cynicism: Cynics claim that the rule will not work in the real world. </li></ul><ul><li>Cynics claim that one must take advantage of others before they take advantage of you. </li></ul><ul><li>The truth: Do what is right, even if others fail to do so. In the end all that last and conquers is goodness. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Question <ul><li>Why do you think more and more people in our society refuse to follow their conscience? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some good qualities you possess? </li></ul>
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