A young boy stands with his grandfather on a city sidewalk looking up at a billboard which says: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." What does that mean? His grandfather responds:
"It means this: Treat people the way you would like to be treated. It's golden because it's so valuable, and a way of living your life that's so simple, it shines."
His grandfather also explains that this Golden Rule is found in almost every religion (Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Shawnee Native Americans) and culture. It is phrased differently, but it is a unifying moral principle.
The boy asks his grandfather: "How can I start to practice the Golden Rule?" He suggests by using his imagination, putting himself in the place of others, and feeling what they feel. The boy sees that the world of conflict and hatred and misunderstanding will not change until people begin living every day by the Golden Rule. It leads to kindness and love.