Hello Neighbor

We have all heard some version of:

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

I don’t agree.

The phrase suggests that we act on our assumptions, making no effort to understand each other or gain a new perspective. This is not the way for kindness or collaboration.

I'd like to propose a rewrite:

“Treat others the way they want to be treated. Ask, listen, learn, understand.

Related: BL&T No. 025: Practicing Vulnerability