If it was okay, than why have a golden rule in the first place? What is that darned golden rule anyway? Is it honesty? I think that it is and so I will answer it in that regard. I believe that the golden rule may be broken only if what the truth is, will cause harm to the person. My mother-in-law believed that honesty is the best policy and she flaunted that fixed belief as if it were a badge of honor. If you told her that what she said had hurt your feelings, she would dismiss your hurt feelings by informing you that she was only telling you the truth. So if your feelings were hurt, it was all on you. Her application of the golden rule didn’t extend to her. She could dish it out but she couldn’t take it, so the family had to be mindful of her feelings because, boy was she sensitive.
I have to admit that by dealing with my mother-in-law on a daily basis, it did make me more sensitive to the feelings of others and I think that I became more patient as a result of seeing how brutal she could be and how it hurt other people’s feelings. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on.
I have been following the the euro has been faring since it became the functioning currency for France. Since it came onto the French scene, I as an American tourist was not happy in the least with the dramatic increase in the price of everything. That is only my perspective but many of my family members did not appreciate the marked increase in price of everyday necessities such as the symbol of France, the baguette.
I am not sure what the future holds for the Euro, the N.Y.U economist Nouriel Roubini or as those who follow him like to call him Dr. Doom is predicting a collapse of the Euro because the European Community instituted an economic system without a common political system in place to manage it.
I am not an economist but what Professor Roubini says seems to make sense and in my mind the austerity programs that all the European governments are instituting are hurting each country’s individual economy by driving down demand because consumers can’t afford to, if each member of the community is weakened how can the whole stay strong?