Do unto others still applies

My class at a language school in Spain was asked what we would do if we found a wallet.

There were 12 students from eight countries. I was the only New Zealander and the only one who said I’d try to return it to the owner or hand it in to the police. The others asked if that was typical of  Kiwis.

I said I thought it was but the reaction to the woman who found $1,700 and handed it to police  made me wonder if I was wrong.

Breakfast called her the last Good Samaritan  and expressed surprise at the honesty.

But this shouldn’t be news, it should be normal behaviour and I was relieved to hear on Jim Mora’s Afternoon’s yesterday there are plenty of other Good Samaritans  and that honesty isn’t unusual.

Whether you abide by the eighth commandment, thou shalt not steal; the golden rule do unto others as you would have them do unto you,  variations of which are found in many religions; believe that what goes round, comes round, or that virtue has its own reward, honesty is the best policy.

It’s a sad reflection on other countries that this isn’t normal, but we can be grateful that at least in this little corner of the world taking what isn’t yours or making no attempt to return something you find to its rightful owner, intact and entire, is regarded as wrong.

One Response to Do unto others still applies

  1. Mark says:

    Actually, I would think that for somebody who lost the wallet with $1,700 in it, and to not turn it in I would be depriving somebody or a family of a roof of their heads, food on the table, and the ability to keep themseleves warm.

    To take the money yourself you have to be a heartless son of a bitch.


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