The "Golden Rule" (a/k.a. the Ethics of Reciprocity)
Books, videos, a poster, and T-shirts
Golden Rule resources from Scarboro Missions:
CoNexus Multifaith Media and Paul McKena have published "Guidelines for Golden Rule Workshop."
It can be downloaded from the Scarboro Missions web site, and may be reproduced subject to
restrictions. A Golden Rule poster is also available. See:
Scarboro Missions in Toronto, Ontario, Canada have a large section on their web site devoted to the Golden Rule. See: https://www.scarboromissions.ca/ Featured topics include:
The Golden Rule poster which shows excerpts from the sacred writings of 13 religions
that promote the rule. It is 22" x 29" (56 x 74 cm).
Excerpts from the sacred writings of 13 religions in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
Resources for group discussions.
Information about the Golden Rule and the environment.
Scarboro Missions has arranged with Zazzle.com to sell T-shirts featuring the Golden Rule poster. See: http://www.zazzle.com/
A list of books on the Golden Rule from Amazon.com:
Unfortunately, many books with "Golden Rule" in their titles do not deal with "The Golden Rule."
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A book about the events on 9/11 in Gander,
Newfoundland, Canada -- a superb demonstration
of the Golden Rule:
The book is by Jim Defede, and is titled: "The Day the World came to Town: 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland."
On 2001-SEP-11, when religiously-motivated terrorists brought down buildings and killed almost exactly 3,000 persons at the World Trade Center in New York City, U.S. airspace was closed. Thirty-eight jetliners which happened to be in the air flying to the U.S. at the time were required to land at Gander International Airport in Canada. The nearby town of Gander was suddenly faced with 6,595 passengers who became stranded in their airport. The town had a population of barely 10,000. Passengers were held on airplanes for almost 24 agonizing hours until security was able to check all of their luggage. According to the Amazon.com book review of the book: "The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland:"
"Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and television ... [sets], allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.
Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill."
The scholarship fund grew to more than U.S. $1.5 million for students of Lewisporte Collegiate in Gander.
An excerpt from the book reads:
"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns -- places with names like Gambo and Appleton and Lewisporte and Norris Arm -- stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed. If the terrorists had hoped their attacks would reveal the weaknesses in western society, the events in Gander proved its strength.
The events inspired a smash hit musical on Broadway: "Come from Away."