“THE allegory of the Long Spoons is a parable that is used to show the difference between heaven and hell by forcing people to eat with extraordinarily long spoons. In each location, inhabitants are given access to the same food with the same utensils. Unfortunately, the utensils are too unwieldy to serve oneself with. In hell, people cannot cooperate and consequently starve. In heaven, the diners feed one another across the table and are never hungry. The story has many variations across different cultures, however the message remains the same. We are all given the opportunity to use what we have to help others, the problem is how we treat each other.

“Given the same level playing field, two opposite environments can be created, simply by how people treat each other. “Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets”. – Matthew 7:12

“The ‘Golden Rule’ or ‘Golden Law’ can be traced back to 2000 BC and appears in almost every major religion and culture. It is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated. We often give little thought to how our actions towards others can affect them. It might be an off the cuff remark, or a comment without thought that stays with someone long after we have forgotten it and carried on through our day. Conversely, we all have the power to positively influence someone’s day in every interaction.

“As lockdown restrictions begin to relax and as more of you are able to come into school and interact with each other, consider how you would like to be welcomed, treated and spoken to. Try and think about your relationships with others and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

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