What If We Expanded the Golden Rule?

What if our Golden Rule were not only “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” but also “Give more to the world than you take from it”? —Jacqueline Novogratz

Among my reading so far this month is Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World by Jacqueline Novogratz. She is inviting us into a new way of living and doing business by sharing examples of people doing just that. No doubt I’ll have more to say later.

I remember a conversation with a classmate at the university that introduced me to Baby Boomer ideology of “me first, and only me”. For some reason the German professor liked me or something. He recommended that this classmate get me to tutor him so that he could pass German, graduate, and get the job he had been offered at a good salary. His wife even came and personally thanked me.

What I really remember were the thoughts of “I don’t care about this person or that one, I don’t care about your causes (I was the civil rights/peace guy on campus—yes, singular in 1968), I just care about me”.

Some few years later Time magazine did one of its famous covers on the Boomers as the “Me Generation.” I thought of that guy.

I never wanted to be that guy.

There is something we could each do today to give back to the world.

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