The Golden Rule of All Cultures

There is a common thread that runs through the fabric of every original religion. Perhaps it is the key for peace and unity in the world.



Tibetan Dalai Lama:
Be kind.

Old Testament: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Jesus Christ: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the Prophets.

Buddha: One should seek for others the happiness one desires for one’s self. Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

Confucius: Is there one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one’s whole life? Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

Mohamet: Let none of you treat a brother in a way he himself would dislike to be treated.

Parsee: Do as you would be done by.

Hasidic Judaism: Whatsoever you do not wish your neighbor to do to you, do not unto him. What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary.

Hinduism: The true rule is to do by the things of others as you do by
your own.

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

Taoism: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

Pauite: Be good and love one another. Do not lie steal and fight.

Alex Gray (Mohawk): I have one Word, one Law: Help the needy.

Hopi: Live, be happy and feed the children.

Din-neh (Navajo): Help anybody.

Australian Aborigine: If you hurt someone, you hurt self. If you help someone, you help self. Blood and bone is in all people.

Elders of Molokai (Hawaii): Aloha is being a part of all and all being a part of me. When there is pain—it is my pain, When there is joy—it is mine also. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything.

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

Jainism: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

Native American: Respect for all life is the foundation.

Sikhism: Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.

Zoroastrianism: That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.

Erik Erikson, American psychologist: Do unto others and not do unto others what you would have the others do unto you and not do unto you. The others are to include other species, other entities, other beings in
this universe.

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