Remembering the Golden Rule

Anti-Semitism has been rising again around the world, and here's how the past can help us.

With our weekly Psychiatry & Society video taking a winter break, we bring back some of the greatest hits that are timely and continue to relate to current and uprising societal events of psychological interest. Take today’s story, for instance...

Today we are presenting “What About Love, the Golden Rule, the Platinum Rule, and the Walrus Rule" from November 10, 2021. Why now again? It was first shown on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of the “broken glass” pogrom against the Jews in Nazi Germany on November 9-10, 1938.

We just passed January 27, the anniversary of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Although there has been a call for “Never Again” ever since the Holocaust, anti-Semitism has been rising again around the world. In fact, we recently saw a Rabbi and 3 others taken hostage in the Dallas area. Over the weekend, something alarming happened in Chicago, as reported in the Chicago Tribune in the article “Swastikas painted on at least 1 of 2 vandalized West Rogers Park synagogues, Jewish businesses also damaged during weekend.” That is near where I grew up. There was breaking of glass and windows, a bit evocative of the anniversary of Kristallnacht. The “rules” in this video, if taught and followed, might reduce such hatred and scapegoating.

What “rules” do you follow and foster? Share your thoughts with us by emailing PTEditor@MMHGroup.com.