Treat others as you would treat yourself.

It is the most universal commandment throughout time, the simplllest, most straight-forward guideline we have to follow.

It is also the hardest.

Is human nature so inherently bad that we cannot follow such a simple rule? Personal gain pries our attention from this important fact of life. What is essential for happiness and peaace among ecery person and creature on this planet is taken for granted.

Unless we start to pay attention to what others are telling us, be it a homeless man or a rain forest on the other side of the world, respect for ourselves and each other may be lost forever. WHen that cornerstone of civilization has crumbled, we will only have ourselves to blame.

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