April 1st is “April Fool’s Day”…April 5th is “Golden Rule Day”!

And, no, this is not an April Fool’s joke!  Five days from now an idea is being celebrated.  It is a profoundly Christian idea…to Christians like myself…a profoundly Jewish idea to Jews, a profoundly Hindu idea to Hindus, etc.  (See graphic at bottom of this blog.)

Which only goes to show that no-one has a monopoly on a good idea, not any religion…

Nor all the religions!  According to think humanism “Humanists try to embrace the moral principle known as the ‘Golden Rule’, otherwise known as the ethic of reciprocity, which means we believe that people should aim to treat each other as they would like to be treated themselves – with tolerance, consideration and compassion…”

Of course, a good idea doesn’t need to wait for a certain day to be enacted.  Golden Rule Day is all about promoting the Golden Rule’s everyday – and moment by moment – consideration and implementation. Including Friday…

So, here is a Golden Rule for April Fools Day: don’t fool others in ways in which you wouldn’t want to be fooled.

Mind you, that leaves plenty of ways to fool your family and friends in ways you would find funny if done to you. So have fun! 🙂  (See, for instance, The Five Best Online April Fools’ Pranks, in The Christian Science Monitor.)

Here is a video for “Golden Rule Day” by Charter of Compassion founder – and successful author – Karen Armstrong:

And here are the various messages she is referring to which evidence “the centrality” of the Golden Rule to so many different faiths.

The Golden Rule in many faiths


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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also 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 impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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2 Comments on “April 1st is “April Fool’s Day”…April 5th is “Golden Rule Day”!”

  1. Courtenay Rule
    March 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you, Tony – I hadn’t heard about this! I’m just wondering, out of interest: was there a reason why April 5th was chosen in particular? Would love to hear if you know.

  2. Valerie Needham
    April 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    I’m very pleased to read that Karen Armstrong’s initiation and work on the Charter for Compassion has resulted in the Golden Rule Day. A couple of years or so ago at an Interfaith Forum meeting in Torbay, we watched her video introducing the Charter. After watching it, the people at the meeting worked in groups to elaborate on their concepts of what obeying the Charter would entail in practice. It was a very stimulating evening.

    I also love the poster of the Golden Rule embracing all the Faiths. This poster is on permanent displayat the Centre for Faiths and Cultural Diversity in Plymouth, a very active centre embracing that multicultural and multi-faith city. Its work certainly fulfils the spirit of the Charter for Compassion – see http://www.pcfcd.co.uk

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