DP Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line

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Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

I’ve always liked the “Golden rule ,one should always treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Or one should not treat in ways that one would not like to be treated by others.

In psychology it involves a person empathizing with others, philosophically it involves a person perceiving their neighbor as an “I” or self. Sociologically it is applicable between individuals and groups in general.

In the 1670s it was known as the “Golden Law”. As a concept of ethic reciprocity  it has its roots in a wide range of world cultures,it has  a long history, and a number of prominent religious figures and philosophers believe in its ‘two way’ nature in various ways.

I believe a lot of unnecessary conflicts can either be stopped or resolved if we can follow this rule. No one can always be right all the time, we have to remember as human beings we make mistakes and it is a lot easier if we can make ourselves  believe it.





40 thoughts on “DP Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line

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  3. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this interesting post which, from the title, immediately brought to mind one of my favorite musical artists, Johnny Cash. In his song, “I Walk the Line,” he sings:

    “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine;
    I keep my eyes wide open all the time…”

    Later, he sings:

    “I keep you on my mind, both day and night…because you’re mind, I walk the line.”

    At the end of every day, we all need a code to guide us and bring us home. Thanks so much Ranu for this post.

    All good wishes,


      • Dear Ranu,

        Yes, I did watch the movie. I liked it.

        There is also a great book, “The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash.” Few people realize that he was an exceptionally spiritual man, but in a way that was very real. He struggled, as we all do, with the shadow.

        All good wishes,


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  6. That last paragraph is so true, I do believe in it but I find it really hard to act upon it. I don’t know it is really hard to ignore people’s mistake but dismiss our own easily!

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  16. I think society has put “me” in the middle of the two words. So as long as it benefits “me” I will act in such a manner. I think the old rules worked new ones hurt others

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