Global Golden Rule

Guest post from Progress Planet

The Golden Rule exists in many religions. Some have the positive form “Do unto others as you would want others to do to you,” and some have the negative version of the rule “Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do to you.”

It would be amazing to see how the world’s religions could be better instruments for world peace by emphasizing this more.

Karen Armstrong has revived interest in leveraging The Golden Rule as a platform for peace, and is well worth watching:

And, here is a great comparison of the versions of The Golden Rule so we can easily read and compare them:

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
Zoroastrianism That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself. Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

 

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