The Golden Rule…
A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me the question “If you could have two wishes granted by an all-powerful, all good, all knowing genie, what would they be?”
I thought for a few seconds and then answered “I don’t need two wishes. I only need one.”
My friend argued with me briefly that, based on a complex logical analysis, I really did need two wishes, the first of which was to set up the conditions for the second one.
I repeated, “I don’t need two wishes. I only need one.”
He replied, “Okay, what is it?”
“I would wish for what is best.”
He continued to try to find reasons why his analysis was superior to mine. To each of these I replied “Would the results of your wish be better than the results of mine?”
“Yes. And here’s why…”
I patiently explained that the results of his wish could not possibly be better than mine, because I wished only for what was best. By definition, nothing could be better than what is best.
He countered that with “But what if what is best isn’t what is best for me?”
That was a little bit more difficult than the original question of what to wish for in the first place, but I shortly realized the answer wasn’t much more complicated: “Then you should change so that what is best is best for you.”
I believe this is within the reach of each of us, and if we accept the challenge, the world will be a different and better place.