Personal values are like guiding lights that bring out the best of our humanity. One of the most widely-known values of all is the Golden Rule.
The Golden Rule is an open-hearted expression of love that goes like this:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
With a focus on love and happiness, doesn’t this statement warm your heart?
This simple wisdom may also be the most profound personal value known to humankind. In his masterpiece, The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons, Napoleon Hill described it as “the Guiding Star.” It’s not surprising that the Golden Rule is a fundamental personal value for most of the spiritual and philosophical traditions worldwide.
The Surprising Absence of Personal Values
It’s perplexing that religion and spirituality, with such lofty ideals, are at the forefront of so many conflicts in the world. Religious conflict is currently the main cause of war and many disagreements between people.