And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
This week we are focusing on the Golden Rule. As stated above by Jesus it is also known as the Law of Reciprocity. In assembly I told the children that there was only one rule which we needed to follow and that, if we followed it, all other rules would be covered.
I also told them the rule had two forms: if you like it when people do or say things to you, then you should do or say that thing to other people. If you like people praising you, then you should praise others. If you like people being friendly, or kind, or thoughtful to you, then you should be friendly, thoughtful and kind to others.
On the other hand if there are things you don t like, then you should stop doing or saying those things. If you don t like people touching, taking to fiddling with your possessions, then you should keep your own hands off. If you find certain words hurtful, then you should refrain from speaking like that to others.
The children appeared to be delighted with this reasonable way of going about life. And they seemed to like the fact that this one rule would replace the thousands that seem to crowd our lives.