More about achieving happiness: The Golden Rule, tolerance, and free hugs

I saw this three-minute video and smiled a lot, and decided I wanted to share it. It’s about a bunch of people who give free hugs. But what do free hugs have to do with ethics?


Simply an application of the Golden Rule. The freehug movement was started by someone who needed a hug so he offered to hug anyone else. Do unto others…But it’s also a statement for tolerance, for acceptance and love of strangers: For you were strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9).


So watch, smile, and remember,

A stranger shall thou not oppress; for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

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2 Responses to “More about achieving happiness: The Golden Rule, tolerance, and free hugs”

  1. arzu tutuk Says:

    Oh, I can’t watch it : “This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment who’s blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”
    But You tube is not banned anymore, finally:) have seen a few videos of it…though I am not sure which is the one that you mentioned.

  2. Ethics Bob Says:

    There’s a nice description of the movement on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Hugs_Campaign

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