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A not so golden rule

Imagine you are working at an airport. It’s a small regional airport and an outgoing flight with 100 passengers waiting to board is indefinitely delayed owing to a faulty plane.

As the evening wears on, the shop and cafeteria close and the passengers become increasingly tired and hungry. Eventually, you decide to take an initiative. Thinking to yourself  “If that were me having to wait, I know I’d really appreciate a bacon roll and a cup of tea to keep me going.”

You get on the phone to your friend who runs a late night café in town and ask him to prepare & send over 100 bacon rolls and cups of tea. The food duly arrives and is enthusiastically distributed.

However, of the hundred people:

Ten are vegetarians, five are Muslim, five are Jewish, a further  five are gluten intolerant or caeliac and ten don’t drink tea!

A total of thirty five passengers are anything but happy whilst others around them eagerly tuck in with great appreciation of the initiative.

Yet, this can be seen as the golden rule in action

“Treat others as you would want to be treated”

However, this is flawed, as we all are different and what I may appreciate for reasons of culture, religion, health or simply taste may be totally different to what you may enjoy or be able to have.

Yes, the golden rule can apply on a broad level – we all want to be listened to and understood, we all want a better world for our children, we all want to be respected….

However, the form of that can differ widely from person to person.

I much prefer:

“Treat others the way they would like to be treated”

And, how do we find out?

Ask them and go from there.












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