I’m often asked the question: Why “Golden Rule”? Three-part answer:
a. As a nod to Samuel Milton “Golden Rule” Jones, literature-loving businessman and progressive politician of the early 20th century. He pioneered the 8-hour day, the 40-hour week, paid holidays, and profit-sharing. Then he died and left most of his estate to his employees. A little different than today’s CEO, to say the least.
b. Because, as Samuel Milton put it: “What I want for myself, I want for everyone else.” I started maintaining a list of local literary events just for my own use, and then thought: why not share it?
c. Because, finally, it’s sort of my philosophy for this blog. (What, your blog doesn’t have a philosophy? What platform are you using?) I know, Golden Rule Jones is mostly cheerleading, but there’s also a small but steady portion of criticism mixed in, where deserved. Which is pretty much the way I’d like to be treated too.
[Because many people searching for info on the golden rule mistakenly end up at my blog, I provide the following link as a public service: The Universality of the Golden Rule in World Religions.]