New Book Shows the Dark Side of the Golden Rule

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John Chancey Kingston shares the woes of a Good Samaritan in "If You Want an Enemy, Try To Help Someone".

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Confucius’ Golden Rule, Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan, and many other examples of ethics and spirituality show the virtue of doing good deeds towards one’s fellow man, underscoring the universal benefit of these altruistic acts. Author John Chancey Kingston has observed firsthand the unexpected rewards gifted to those who act with kindness in their hearts. In his case, instead of being repaid with gratitude, he received suspicion, hostility and even hatred. In “If You Want an Enemy, Try To Help Someone,” he tells a cautionary tale wherein a good deed results in bad blood between the helpful Samaritan and the person seemingly in need of aid.

Kingston has often been in the position to help his fellow man. After observing a person in need, he offered to teach that person a skill free of charge. Once he passed it on, for some reason the receiver seemed convince that Kingston was attempting to take something in return, and hastily made his well-meaning helper an enemy, losing a potential friend and turning a potentially constructive relationship into one of hostility. “If You Want an Enemy, Try To Help Someone,” compiles episodes from the author’s life that have occurred over the years, presenting the blessings and dangers of helping others. The lesson is that, sometimes, when the attempt at helping someone does not go as planned, instead of being thankful, the person may end up seeing the well-meaning do-gooder as an enemy.

“We are all better when we help but it is important to know when how and who you provide help to. Be cautious when you help, sometimes when you help even with the best intentions the receiver can get hurt,” Kingston warns.

With eye-opening anecdotes and episodes from across the world, from the American heartland to faraway Iraq and Kuwait, Kingston reveals important lessons that are relevant to today’s society, showing a darker part of human nature that men may wish to suppress, but will always remain within their hearts.

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About the Author
John Chancy Kingston obtained a M.A. Degree from Webster University in 2001. Originally from Alabama, Kingston clings to his southern past by residing in Texas after living several years abroad. He writes because he enjoys sharing his experiences and past adventures. His devoted wife and family circle are very supportive of his works. And as with many families, the family dog is more than a pet, but considered an extended family member.

If You Want an Enemy, Try To Help Someone * by John Chancey Kingston
Publication Date: October 25, 2013
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4931-1763-5
Trade Hardback; $15.99; 74 pages; 978-1-4931-1764-2
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