What happened to The Golden Rule?

Businesses throughout the decades have been extracting, retracting, culling and well, simply using a method of exploiting the world’s natural resources for mass market production. Whilst so doing, they have taken a somewhat visually impaired ‘glance’ at what steps they might need to take in order to replenish what they have ‘uprooted’.

The Golden Rule is nothing new. “[W]hatever you desire for men to do to you, you shall also do to them; for this is the law and the prophets[.]” So spoke Jesus of Nazareth (Mathew 7:12).

Similar philosophies can be found in many other reglions; Abrahamic faiths (Judasim, Islam and Christianity), in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and many other branches of God-fearing groups – it is just phrased/worded differently. Once you take the religious connotations out of the equation it is simple enough to understand, right? Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself.

Now, you do not need a religious upbringing to learn this simple social contract. We learn it very early on in our lives as children.

Yet those same children who grew up, maybe went to university/college, graduated and became a board member or a C.E.O of a major company seem to have forgotten this moral principle. Corporations have known for a long time through scientific research, what the negative effects their businesses contribute to the environment (including human well-being).

The Golden Rule should not just apply in the human context. What would we be without the oxygen we need to survive? Of which, I might add, we are given a round the clock service by the world’s atmosphere and the bio-chemical interaction where oxygen is produced as a resulting effect, which then enable us to sustain life. Therefore the environment should rightly be placed as having equal status.

So it’s best to remember this: Mother Nature does not owe us anything but we are eternally in Her debt. Her equal we are not and shouldn’t consider ourselves Her superior. It is foolish to think that because the plants don’t fight back instantly when you take them out the ground that we are above nature.

Take. Appreciate. Replenish.