I don’t know about you but it’s time to bring back The Golden Rule. At this point, if we continue at the current rate, we will need to revise "Twas the Night Before Christmas" along these parameters:

Twas ten years past COVID and It was Christmas Eve and all through the land all were in bed No one was working with promise of Stimulus in their head.  The local grocery shelves were barren and no mere common decency for each other  what ever happened to the days where we even tried to love one another?

I don’t know about your individual experiences but it seems that we have let COVID alter common sense  in how we treat each other, whether it be in politics or having pleasant (non-metric driven) customer service at your local grocery store.

So I have been kind of in a self-imposed hiatus/slowdown this past year, as The American Dossier approaches its 4th anniversary.

At the height of the COVID pandemic last year I lost my father and brother and, eventually, came down with COVID myself. All in one month. Admittingly, I have taken some much needed time for myself.

I try hard to not let my sadness affect how I treat other people.

The uptick of divisiveness and much increased lack of dialogue has greatly dismayed me on multiple levels ranging from lack of basic customer service to the reality of accepting the 2020 election. 

As for 2021, it has indeed been a mixed-up year. At the end of the day, you have to take the good with the bad.

So here I sit after a long workday pondering on the cliche societal COVID mantras of "The New Normal" and its sister theme "We Are All in This Together". 

It seems to me in 2021 good old common sense and customer service has gone out the window with the societal demand to embrace these mantras rather than an individual human being facing hardships.

By day I work with an organization that is focused on homeless veterans. One would think that being a veteran they would be at least treated with some dignity let alone being in a housing crisis. 

Try calling your local homeless hotline and get placed on hold with an automated tele system that your local bureaucrats spent a sizable chunk of change on.

Oh it is so painful as I have sat in on many local level government zooms in which 75% of the meeting is spent talking about metrics and all the "wonderful things" that were done and how much pork $ will be spent to 'improve' an incredibly broken system.

Meanwhile one county for which I work in has 1 homeless shelter for a population of over 600K and a  median income of $93.767.00

This is perhaps a much dynamic and personally frustrating topic I will ponder on more in the New Year in my editorials. 

As for the long ago 2020 election wake up and smell the coffee already!

I am sorry the election did not go the way many hoped it would and yet here we are still pondering if the election was stolen. 

It is almost 2022 the pity party is over. I refuse to spend time kicking the can on this issue like many other blogs choose to.

I feel much the same in regard to the QANON folks and the COVID/vaccine hoax crowd.

STOP IT already COVID is real. 

Also more despicable is the "Let’s Go Brandon” followers and their mantra. 

I say ENOUGH and how dare you! 

At the end of the day whether, or how a President holds virtue...he is still a flawed human being under the authority of God.

With all the post hoopla from both sides after the election I can’t help but think, whatever happened to The Golden Rule?

Let's stop living by the standards of both mainstream media and social media that has no personal or vocal inflection.

We are worth much more than the metrics of how many "friends" or "followers " we have. 

I am sorry to disappoint you but the most popular celebrity faces challenges and we must pray for them too, rather than getting caught up ultimately in pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth.

If we all practice the Golden Rule, the world will be a better place.

We are primarily a Judeo-Christian platform.

The Golden Rule is about giving. When Jesus gave us The Golden Rule, he was speaking about how to treat not only people but even one’s enemies:

Luke 6:27-31

“But I say to you who are listening: Continue to love your enemies, to do good to those hating you, to bless those cursing you, to pray for those who are insulting you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your outer garment, do not withhold the inner garment either. Give to everyone asking you, and from the one taking your things away, do not ask them back. “Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them."

How can you apply The Golden Rule for 2022?

1. Be observant. Pay close attention to those around you. For instance, you may see someone struggling financially or spiritually, hear of a neighbor who is hospitalized, or notice that a workmate is discouraged. When you “look out . . . for the interests of others,” you will likely find opportunities to say or do something helpful. —Philippians 2:4.

2. Be empathetic and mindful. Imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes. How would you feel if you were in the same situation? (Romans 12:15) When you try to understand the feelings of others, you may feel moved to help them.

3. Be flexible and practice patience. At any given moment life circumstances can change. Everyone is different in place of life. That cashier at your local grocery may be grieving loss. Keep in mind that they may not be in the same frame of mind as you would like or expect them to be.

So, out of the many things you could do, try to choose what they will appreciate most.—1 Corinthians 10:24.

In closing the golden rule is a maxim that is found in most religions and cultures.

The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as one wants to be treated.

Have self-respect let alone have respect for our Republic and a system that ultimately works if you let it.
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