The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule, found in the scriptures of every religion, is regarded as
the most concise and general description of human being rules of conduct.

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Chinese charaters for love begets love ........Chinese charater for be kind to each other and love each other

"It was the task of industrial society to destroy reciprocity. All that "community" implies - self-sufficiency, mutual aid, morality in the marketplace, stubborn tradition, regulation by custom, organic knowledge instead of mechanistic science - had to be steadily and systematically disrupted and displaced. All of the practices that kept the individual from being a consumer had to be done away with so that the cogs and wheels of an unfettered machine called "the economy" could operate without interference, influenced merely by invisible hands." - Kirkpatrick Sale

"This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter - but beautiful - struggle for a new reality. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. " - Martin Luther King Jr., Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient



Christian faith

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.

Not one of you is a believer until he loves
for his brother what he loves for himself.

Muslim faith

No one of you is a believer until he desires
for his brother that which he desires for himself.

Bahá'í faith

And if thine eyes be turned towards justice,
choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself.

Hindu faith

This is the sum of duty:
do naught to others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.

Zoroastrian faith

Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others.

Buddhist faith

Compare oneself to others in such terms as,
just as I am, so are they, just as they are, so am I .

Wiccan Rede

An it harm none, do what thou wilt.


Tzu-kung asked,

"Is there a single word which can be a guide to conduct throughout one's life?"

The Master answered,

"It is shu - reciprocity: Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you."


A man should wander about treating all creatures
as he himself would be treated.


This is the sum of duty:
do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.


As thou deemest thyself, so deem others.

Native American Spirituality

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.


Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
The heart of the person before you is a mirror.
See there your own form.

Yoruba Proverb
(African traditional religion of Nigeria)

One going to take a pointed stick to poke a baby bird
should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.

Roman Paganism

The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves.


If you haven't the will to gladden someone's heart,
then at least beware lest you hurt someone's heart,
for on our path, no sin exists but this.


Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain
and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss.


We affirm and promote respect for the
interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Ancient Egyptian

Do for one who may do for you,
that you may cause him thus to do.


Do not return evil to your adversary; requite with kindness the one who does evil to you, maintain justice for your enemy, be friendly to your enemy.


Humanists acknowledge human interdependence,
the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.

Jewish faith

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.

That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.

rule of reciprocity

Turbulent times accompanied the birth of Hinduism and Buddhism in India, Confucianism and Taoism in China, the monotheistic religions of Judaism and Islam in the Levant, polytheism of rationalism in Greece and finally the amalgamated hodgepodge blend of statecraft blended with a cobbled together imperial State religion of disjointed mythical images which came to be known as Catholicism in Rome.

Embedded within each is a core vision for expanded the core social group that was both simple and drastic:

Do not harm others!

for all practical intents and purposes globally to mean specifically those within your unique social group which may be defined by race, religion, sex, sexual preference, employment status, body weight, entertainment choices, peculiarities, interests, etc.

Karen Armstrong, a leading British writer on the history of religion, says the Golden Rule, an elegant concept advanced by sages and prophets from Socrates to Ezekiel, has long been obscured by disputes of "my faith is better than yours."

Karen Armstrong says the ideal of the Golden Rule always applies and urges that humanity abide by the ancient call to abandon selfishness and embrace compassion.

From about 900 to 200 BC sages worked to find a cure for the spiritual ills of humanity.

Sages found that the way of compassion and the emptying of selfishness actually worked.

Freeing Oneself from excess material desire does bring a sense of sacred peace.

The great insights of the sages of the "Axial Age" began the pivot of global human cultural awakening from mythological consciousness into rational consciousness. Rational consciousness showed these sages that for mankind to enjoy its sojourn upon this Earth it must grow compassionate and temper brute selfish rationality with social kindness as people are social animals that prosper only in tight knit groups.

Compassion has to put it into practice !

Be kind to others, take a good look around. Although we are different, similarities abound. Try not to judge, pick on, or tease. Treat each other fairly, with kindness and ease.

Compassion has to be lived !

"A lot of the religions have actually shielded people from the Axial Age's concentration on compassion by erecting secondary goals, such as orthodox beleifs. Every single one of the "fundamentalist" movements I have studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is rooted in a profound fear of their religion's annihilation.

Confucius, the Buddha, the prophets of Israel, and later Jesus and Muhammad were more ambitious. They wanted to craft a different type of humanity. True prophets were interested only in compassionate behavior that dethrones the self from the center of one's reality.

Tradition is secondary. Compassion and kindness bring you into the presence of what monotheists call God, also known as nirvana, Brahmin, or the Way.

Ekstasis, or ecstasy, in Greek means "stepping outside."

This is not an exotic state of consciousness, it means the freedom of stepping outside the prison of egotism, selfishness, greed and envy.

Anybody can do It.

Confucius was asked, "Which one of your teaching can we put into practice all day and every day?"

Confucius replied, "Do not do to others as you would not have done unto you."

That means every time we are tempted to say something unkind about a relative, or an annoying colleague, or a country with whom we are at war, we should ask, "How would I like that said about me or our people?"

The instant we refrain, we have transcended ourselves and our selfishness.

Humanity is living on an Earth united now - whether we like it or not - electronically; economically and politically. The only way we can end hostility is to learn to think that other nations are as important as ourselves and to practice the Golden Rule - do not do unto others as you would not have done unto you - which was first proposed by Confucius about 500 years before Jesus. It's the only safe way." - Karen Armstrong

Natural selection can push in the direction of true selflessness.

The emergence of reciprocity allowed humans to trade favors without being cheated.

A favor-giver learns to avoid blatant cheaters (those who would accept a favor but not return it) while learning to prefer generous reciprocators (those who return the biggest favor they can afford) over stingy ones (those who return the smallest favor they can get away with).

Since it's good to be chosen as a recipient of favors, a competition arises to appear to be the most generous partner around, since the favor-giver can't literally read minds or see into the future.

A reputation for fairness and generosity becomes an asset.

Because potential beneficiaries inflate their reputations the favor-giver must develop ever-more-sensitive radar to distinguish the genuinely generous partners from the hypocrites.

The most effective way to seem generous and fair, under harsh scrutiny, is to be generous and fair.

In the long run a reputation can be secured only by a commitment to be generous and fair.

Some agents evolve to be genuinely high-minded and self-sacrificing - they are moral not because of what it brings them but because that's the type of people they have become.

"Just accept the fact that holy books are the product of human creativity, not divine revelation, and thus are subject to all the errors, exaggerations and fabrications as any other human effort.

If the Old or New Testaments, the Qur’an or any other religious tract contains passages that are problematic, it's because the author was a flawed, imperfect human being.

Rather than wasting time bending over backward to reinterpret what the text is really saying, why not just set the books down, shake your neighbor's hand, try to get along and just be nice to everyone?" - Daniel Molitor

It is time for every person to give up childish selfish behavior and walk the path of empathy and compassion.

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