Should we change the Golden Rule?

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Brooklyn Rappe, News Editor

A new spin on the playground rule every child was taught in kindergarten has been brought to light. This well-known golden rule has now been deemed a negative saying, and we might want to rethink teaching it to kids. 

“Treat others the way you want to be treated”, has now been modified to “Treat others the way they want to be treated”. This new and improved version of the rule, I believe will be a renovation to how we think and why I believe we should teach it this way from now on. 

If we only teach our children to treat others the way they want to be treated, we are teaching them to assume how everyone else wants to be treated. Assumption is a dangerous thing and teaching it to kids at such a vulnerable age will affect how they treat others for the rest of their lives. It is crucial to educate them the right way now, because how they are educated in elementary school will determine their entire outlook moving forward.

If we can understand that all people are different, we have to understand that all people have different feelings and want to be treated in different ways. For example, when it comes to religion, that is something that people need to absolutely respect and there are many different unique religions in the world. Some people might want to be treated differently than you or me based on the religion they practice. 

The rule we have all learned for as long as I can remember, might need to be modified to better the future of our world. There are many different scenarios where people will want to be respected differently than you might assume, and that is why you should live by the new and improved golden rule to treat others the way THEY want to be treated.