The last day of 3-days of darkness in the northern hemisphere as the sun sits in the constellation Capricorn and will soon begin its journey back across the sky on December 25th to the Spring Equinox at Easter.
The Sun God Ra! Ra-bbi's...The hot desert priests who naturally incorporated nature into their traditions. Interesting enough, the yarmulke also symbolizes something: the magical wonders of certain plants which alter human consciousness--usually opening perception to what is called 'God-consciousness'--via, Entheogens. We might add, also, that the desert tribes followed the moon cycles and was personified as Isis...IS-Ra..If we go back to Egypt we'll see a hint of the first monotheism wherein Isis is also Ra!
This is all perfectly natural to merge nature into religious tradition: the sun and the moon and the stars...Good and Evil/Day and Night/Male and Female. And then came Babylon--the turning of natural 'shamanic' religion into social/political institutions of power and control.
CH_I_ _! The natural life energy of earth symbolized in the Yin and Yang symbol of the east. This is also the Kristos and Sofia of Gnostic Christianity.
What does all of this have to do with The Golden Rule? Nature always strives for equilibrium and balance and in thinking beings like wo/man this would naturally and intelligently play itself out in the social sphere as care of the other! Allow me a moment of personal metaphysical speculation: on higher planes of existence coercion and exploitation are non-existent! It's because of this that the unnecessary coercion and exploitation of humanity--especially by religion, but now by the new religion of money, power, and greed (what I call the God KA$H)--are so destruction to life.
Yes, we've lost our way by following two maladaptive power structures: state religion and modern finance which have reduced humanity and other life forms to objects of financial exploitation.