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The Golden Rule – 28 December 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

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This brings to mind a quotation by Edwin Markham (23 April 1852–7 March 1940), an American poet and lecturer:

“We have committed the golden rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”

Unfortunately, even when people follow the golden rule,* they usually choose to limit its application to human life only. This results in cruelty not only to other animals, but to humans who care about them. It’s time for the golden rule to be applied to all sentient beings – human and nonhuman.

* Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

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