Applications of the Golden Rule

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The golden rule, you will remember, is: “Do unto others as you expect them to do unto you.”

The Ann Lander advice column listed these practical applications of it:

1. If you open it, close it.

2. If you turn it on, turn it off.

3. If you unlock it, lock it.

4. If you break it, repair it.

5. If you can’t fix it, get someone who can.

6. If you borrow it, return it.

7. If you use it, take care of it.

8. If you make a mess, clean it up.

9. If you move it, put it back.

10. If you want to use something, get permission.

11. If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

12. If it does not concern you, don’t butt in.

And then there is that famous unwritten law: If you have no luck trying to operate something, and you’ve tried everything else, try reading the directions that came with it.

— after F.N.S. in Readers’ Digest