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
Greek philosophers: “Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others” -Isocrates
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to 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: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation: go and learn. -Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Nigerian Proverb: “A person who picks something and decides to make it his own ought to think how he would feel if he was the person who lost the property he picked.” -Yoruba
Buddhism: “One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.” -Dhammapada 10
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
The Golden Rule–reaching out and helping each other–is established in both ancient and modern writings by philosophers, statesmen, religious leaders, and politicians as a means to a civil society and positive relationships.
Confucius is credited with the word golden in “The Golden Maxim,” written in 479 BC, but the essence of this rule is found in Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity and in the ancient Greek philosophies. The idea of the golden rule is found in every culture.
Regardless of language or source, we know two things about the Golden Rule. The first is that virtually everyone can quote it. The second is that if we actually lived it, the world would be much different.
I ask you to ponder…this very important philosophy or rule to live by. How do we do with our fellow co-workers, customers and vendors in living this rule. Go, do and learn.
Make BIG things happen.
Many love you all,
(Those that read the whole post. What year was the earliest record of the golden rule? There is a special # of responses and the person that gets that # for responding will win a very special unspecified prize. Go and share)