Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Golden Rule

In cleaning out Gray's various papers and files, I found an article called "The Golden Rule." It contains "maxims" of a different sort than I was writing before.

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them;p for this is the law and the prophets. -- Christian (Matthew 7:12)

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. -- Buddhist (Udana-Varga 5:18)

Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. -- Taoist (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien)

What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. -- Jewish (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. -- Brahman (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have done unto you. -- Confucian (Analects 15:23)

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. -- Zoroastrian (Dadistan -i-dinik 94:5)

No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. -- Islamic (Sunnah)

Such beautiful words, and from so many religions. I can add the Wiccan "Three Fold Law" to that, that what you put out comes back to you. The Hellenic religion doesn't have a statement like this, per se, but the entire religion revolves around the basic idea. It is a part of arete'.

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