‘Treat others as you would expect to be treated’ – Let us be honest, we have all heard this phrase in one walk of life or another. I think the first time I probably heard it was the first stay of school; but it is still something that I hear time and time again. What is wrong these words? Nothing… if the world was full of like minded stormtroopers (Poorly timed star wars reference). There are over 7.4 billion people in this world, all unique. All of these people share different personalities, different emotions, different motives, My point is that they may not want to be treated the way you would like to be treated; and treating them the way you would like to be treated may not be what they would want.
I guess people already know this, and the main idea comes down to kind people treating people in kind ways in hope that this will somehow rub off on another person, as this video demonstrates more than I can put into words. That is assuming the population isn’t borderline psychotic and actually want to be treated in normal kind ways.
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Kindness can be spread from treating people in a certain way, but we must also be wary of cultural and religious differences that may mean that someone wants to be treated in a certain way. We are always expecting people to learn from us but we should also learn from others.
Why should I change the way I treat people for others?…. well it is called respect. I believe the UK public should become more educated in ways of treating other cultures. Here is a call article on greeting people from around the world. http://www.heartofavagabond.com/around-world-8-greetings/
Now I understand we can’t pull a Jedi Mind trick (I’m sorry I’ve done it again) to understand exactly what people think and how they want to be treated; which is why this phrase is common practice for meeting new people; but the more you get to know someone, the more you can understand how exactly they like to be treated. It may not seem very beneficial trying to understand the thoughts of someone else adapting your approach to different people in your circles, however understanding how someone thinks will help you treat them in a way that will lead to the best response or action you could hope for.
The biggest trick in building relationships with friends, colleagues, customers, partners is to understand what they are looking for and respect it within your own morales. (Make adaptations but do not change to manipulate a situation)
“Treat others as they would expect to be treated while respecting your own moral code”