25 December 2011

The golden rule

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbath 31a)

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. (Hadith)

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18)

1 comment:

Daniel "Theophage" Clark said...

You'd think with such a simple and universal idea people wouldn't screw it up as much as they do. The competing wisdom seems to be "Whatever, I gots mine."