That’s shu not shoe…right?

Posted: March 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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So what is Shu? Simply put it is the golden rule. To be more elaborate it is a mantra adopted and spread by Confucius. “Do not Impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.”

This simple yet profound mantra was the cornerstone for the teachers philosphy.

When Confucius started his first job as a youth he was charged with, caring for a farmers cattle it was then that he put his mantra to use. When I read about this I immediately thought about a trip I wennt on to the Mayfield dairy milk distribution plant in middle GA, last year. While at the plant I niticed a framed manifesto of sorts written my the founder of Mayfield dairy letting all the farmers know that it was expected of them to treat cattle with respect and dignity.

I am not sure if happy cows make better milk but I am sure that when I am happy everything I do seems better so logic says the cow’s milk would taste better and even if it didn’t treating all life the way we wish to be treated would make the world better right?

So two things about Shu one is you have to know how you would like to be treated. That means we need to be aware of who we are. Two is once you realize how you would like to be treated you must treat yourself and others this way. What is most interesting about Shu is that Confucius points out not to do anything that you would not want done to you so if we do not know what we want we can still avoid hurting others by simply not doing. It kind of reminds me of what my mom used to say “if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all” .

So are you doing something that would hurt someone? Don’t do it. Then if you are going to help and not hurt, is this the way you would like to be helped?

If you answer no to this than don’t do it. If you can answer no to the first and yes to the second then it would benefit you and everyone to help. To instill this philosophy we have to have both integrity and honesty. Integrity is being truthful with yourself and honesty is being truthful with others. I think above all things we can never have too much integrity and honesty. What do you think?




  1. Chwenny says:

    I agree, but I think integrity and honestly are best exercised with a little compassion too 🙂

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