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You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink

I can’t remember exactly what started us discussing the Golden Rule at the dinner table. Probably had something to do with the constant bickering between the two of them.

“Remember the Golden Rule? What is the Golden Rule?” I wheedled.

“I know: it’s something like ‘Love thy neighbors’.” My oldest has the knack of answering any question with utter conviction without knowing anything about it. I hope he goes into law or politics so as to optimize this talent one day…

“I know: We were just talking about it in our class…” Mr. Monk said.

“I remember now,” my oldest said, and he did, sort of, “it is something like ‘Do unto others how you would like to be treated’.”

“No! You are wrong! That’s not how it’s said!” Mr. Monk protested.

Before this escalated into another heated argument over nothing, I clapped my hands, “Okay guys. The official phrase is ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. But you know what it means. I just want to say this: ‘When in doubt, evoke the Golden Rule.’ Okay?”

“Reinforce Moral Upbringing of Offspring.” Check.

An hour later…

The two boys were wrestling on the floor. As Mr. Monk was being overpowered by his older brother,

“What is the Golden Rule? *pant* What is the Golden Rule?! Ahhhh. *pant* Hrrrmmmph. REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE!!”

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