Then I thought to be able to relate positively to others one needs to follow the golden rule: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" or simply "Treat others as you would like to be treated". Don't you think this simple and wise advice would make our lives easier? Don't you think that it can increase our capacity to relate to others and to see the other from a different perspective? Wouldn't this stop us from hurting others with our words and actions? Wouldn't this make us more humble, sincere and compassionate?
THE FOX AND THE STORK
Once upon a time . . . a fox made friends with a stork and decided to invite her to lunch. While he was wondering what to serve for the meal, he thought he'd play a trick on the bird. So he prepared a tasty soup and poured it into two flat plates.
"Thank you very much!" said the stork, sniffing the soup. But she quickly saw the trick the fox had played on her. For no matter how she tried, she could not drink the soup from the flat plate. The sniggering fox urged her on:"Eat up! Do you like it?" But all the stork could do was bluff. With a casual air she said: "I'm afraid I've such a headache that I've lost my appetite!" And the fox fussily replied: "What a shame! And it's such good soup too! Too bad! Maybe next time . . ." To which the stork quickly replied: "Yes, of course! Next time, you must have lunch with me!"