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 “The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.”  George Bernard Shaw

Summary:  We continue with another story about the golden rule.  In this interview with Suzanne Kite, she says that  progressives value the Golden Rule, "Treat people like you’d like to be treated, and don’t gossip."  As she says, "The problem is in politics there’s always gossip". I'm finding there seems to be a lot of different  versions of the Golden Rule.

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”  Edwin Markham

"Absolutely speaking, do unto others as you would that they should do unto you is by no means a golden rule, but the best of current silver. An honest man would have but little occasion for it. It is golden not to have any rule at all in such a case.”  Henry David Thoreau 


Suzanne Kite on the Golden Rule

My name is Suzanne Kite.  I live in Marina del Ray and am on the Board of Directors of the West L.A. Democratic Club, a member of Democratic Club of West Side progressives, a new club, and also Events Chair for the club.

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It’s so different for everybody.  I think that progressive values are the values that I was taught and many people were as a child to follow the golden rule, to do for others as you would have them do for you.  Treat people like you’d like to be treated, and don’t gossip, 

Of course in politics there’s always gossip.  But I was instilled with good core values growing up and have maintained them.  The progressive movement is going back to what used to be when you felt for one another.  You want the best.  In this case for the most part we want to get out of Iraq.

Edwin:  What is that value?

Answer:  Not cutting yourself or others down.  Being your true self.  Let your emotions come out, feel what you’re doing, and do what you’re feeling, and try to be good, a good person, do good things and make a difference in society.  Even in a small amount, everybody can make a difference, every voice counts, and I really believe that.

Edwin:  How did you develop those values?

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Answer:  I think my whole childhood was an experience.  I came from a very conservative family, my parents were Democrats, but nobody in my family has been active in politics.  That was something that I learned, but the values that I was taught carried me through, and those values are basically what I said – do right to people around you, and yourself.  Don’t harm anybody, don’t do anything to harm anybody in the world.  If you can do something to better the world, that’s wonderful.

Edwin:  Do you remember a lesson you learned, an actual incident.

Answer:  My parents were strict, and honesty and integrity were very important.  I didn’t know what integrity meant, I do now, but honesty was the most important – don’t lie.  I found out I’m not good at lying, so it just totally gives me away if I’m lying, so I don’t do that anymore because why bother?

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