The rule of “comment etiquette” from the Source of all grace…!

A news blog Are you well-versed in comment etiquette? – by Erica Johnson, Editorial Producer for – deals well with a subject close to my heart…namely, how to improve the tenor of commenting in response to blogs and newspaper articles. Please check out her ideas!

As I was reading it, wistfully wishing everyone would abide by its constructive self-disciplining guidance – rather than feeling the need for self-promotion or fuelling polarised debate – I thought back 2,000 years when Jesus coined the phrase “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them”, commonly referred to as “the Golden Rule”. (Most other faiths have some similar statement of their own that shares the tenor of this rule for how to think of and treat others.)

When dealing with such insights coming from great spiritual teachers, it might seem like they were just voicing inspiration from on high, as it flowed to them from the divine Spirit.  Yet the very need to articulate “comment etiquette” today prompts me to recognise that what Jesus said wasn’t just inspired by God but it was directly responsive to what he probably saw around him: a dearth of spiritually sourced social etiquette.  No doubt the markets in Jerusalem could be as raw and raucous as the marketplace of ideas that is the internet can sometimes seem to be.

For progress in all aspects of life, including religion and politics, the art of commenting could benefit from more intelligent and thoughtful dialogue and less point-scoring and gloating…so that original thinking rather than rigid views can take centre-stage.  In my professional role as a media representative for Christian Science, I regret the deleterious effects of much negative reaction on individual and community well-being.  In regard to people’s right to know that there is an effective spiritual approach to healthcare available, for instance, strong opinions and prejudiced perceptions that miss (or misstate!) the profound value that can be mined from Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas deny many people, all around the world, the benefits they could gain from approaching these ideas with an open mind.

So let’s all contribute to the communal well-being of the common space we share diligently by being “well-versed” in “comment etiquette”.  And please consider that to be the preferred standard for comment-sharing on this blog!  Although it really does just boil down to that one rule of etiquette needed for all walks of life, digital or personal, as downloaded from the Source of all grace by Jesus:

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you…”


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Categories: Spirituality and Society, Uncategorized

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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