THE GOLDEN RULE
Good Saturday to you!
Here’s an amazing fact. I’m sure we’ve all heard some form of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I was thinking about it and remembered something I learned years ago: that nearly every religion in the world has some form of that basic philosophy. Below are examples of how it’s expressed in a few of the world’s major religions.
|Christianity||All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:1|
|Confucianism||Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. – Analects 12:2|
|Buddhism||Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. – Udana-Varga 5,1|
|Hinduism||This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you. – Mahabharata 5,1517|
|Islam||No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. – Sunnah|
|Judaism||What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. – Talmud, Shabbat 3id|
|Taoism||Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. – Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien|
Here’s what I find so amazing about it all. Nearly all of these religions were founded centuries ago in countries around the world. They had no connection with each other, there was no mass communication, no way to exchange or compare religious philosophies across continents and oceans. Yet, somehow, they all incorporated this basic tenet that I find at the heart of peace and goodwill. It tells me that deep within us all men and women – as innate even as our carnal flight or fight responses for survival – is a desire for peace and coexistence. Don’t we all want others to treat us well?
Just think. If each of us followed any version of the Golden Rule, there would be fewer conflicts and more peace and harmony in the world, and that would result in a huge life win for all of us. I’ll try everyday. Will you?
Be sure to check out Tina P’s post on from Friday, “A Sweet Old Man,” and CK has an interesting pre-Halloween entry in her 10/23 post on Photoandaphrase called “Against My Better Judgement.” The video is short but creepy scary.
See you next Saturday.