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.