I was watching a show on PBS last night about the origin of a map made in the early 1800's. Yeah I know, this sounds really boring. Well I don't have cable and there wasn't any thing else on. Any ways to make a long story short, the map was of an area in Ohio. The person trying to find out what the map was used for thought that it may have been used for the underground railroad. It turned out that the map was not used for the underground railroad. However, there were a large population of Quakers in this particular area of Ohio and the map was probably used for Quakers from the south to make their way to this area of Ohio. It turns out that there are several maps similar to the map featured in the program.
The Quakers were very active in the anti-slavery movement and started moving north. And here is what hit me... the Quakers did not approve of slavery because they based their lives on a simple principal, "Do Unto Others as You Would Want Them to do Unto You."
I immediately thought of a conversation I had earlier in the day with a Realtor that had been very upset by the way he was being treated during a transaction. The transaction was supposed to close in the morning and title wasn't getting docs. The other agent involved wouldn't answer his calls to let him know what was going on. Title never did get docs and up to this point I still don't think they have. I understood his frustration. I think we have all been there at some point and it just makes our blood boil. Missing deadlines happens. It stinks, but it does happen. However, the fact that he was in the dark is not only unacceptable, it is disrespectful.
I think it all goes back to the golden rule. There is so much hate and greed in this world. If we would all just remember this simple principal we would be happier people, our transactions would be more pleasant, and the world would just be a better place in general.