Editorial: Flushing the Golden Rule

Editorial: Flushing the Golden Rule

Kelli Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer

Yesterday morning, one of the reporters of this newspaper went for a short walk. He was curious about a group of portable buildings and containers (he seems to have some strange obsession with containers) underneath State Highway 242 where it meets Trade Center Boulevard about a quarter of a mile east of Interstate 45.

It turns out that’s a District Field Office for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). There are two office buildings and a trailer where it appears someone lives as well as some road equipment and materials.

What intrigued The Golden Hammer‘s reporter, however, was a gigantic notice board filled with official employee notices of all sorts.

A portion of the employee notice board at TxDOT’s District Field Office underneath State Highway 242 in Conroe.
Full view of the employee notice board, which is approximately 8 feet long and 6 feet high at TxDOT’s District Field Office underneath State Highway 242 in Conroe.
One of the two portable office buildings at TxDOT’s District Field Office underneath State Highway 242 in Conroe. Notice the employee notice board next to the building.
Distant view of TxDOT’s District Field Office underneath State Highway 242 in Conroe. The building shown appears to be the main office building in the portable “complex.” The building with the employee notice board next to it is approximately 200 feet to the east of the main office building.

The notice board is approximately 8 feet wide and 6 feet high. It contains notices in English and in Spanish. There are approximately twenty-eight (28) notices total to comprise a total of fifty-six (56) in toto, each in each language. Each employee notice contains detailed disclosures of federal laws and regulations governing employment relationships, such as Fair Wages, Minimum Wages, Equal Employment Opportunity, and the like.

This newspaper estimates that it would require a reasonable person approximately six (6) hours to read every notice on the notice board in its entirety. If a person were to research each of the rights provided, in order to glean a full understanding, it would likely take a reasonable person about a month.

Why have we flushed the “Golden Rule” down the sewer? Having that many regulations governing the employer-employee relationship and governing the manner in which employees must treat each other completely obfuscates the one obvious principle which would make all of those federal rules and regulations unnecessary.

The “Golden Rule” appears in the Holy Scriptures in Leviticus 19:18 as “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12. Or, if you prefer, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31.

In his Epistle to the Galatians, Paul took it one step further, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:14.

In other words, Paul made clear that all the law comes down to the principle that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This situation, however, illustrates the fundamental problem with government: everything which government does, it does badly (with the exception of law enforcement and national defense).

All of those rules and regulations obfuscate the true fundamental principle which would make all of those rules and regulations completely unnecessary: employers and employees should always do unto others as they would want others to treat them.

Government sticks its tentacles deep into our lives and into the lives of businesses, whether those businesses are ethical or not. It’s completely unnecessary. It causes us to disregard the “Golden Rule” because we must forget about it, while we focus on learning and complying with the details of laws, regulations, and rules.

Over-governance obfuscates moral truth.

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