The Golden Rule is the foundation for moral decency in every culture. The way we treat each other matters.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Judeo-Christian – Leviticus 19:18
“Don’t go around hurting people, and try to understand things.” Native American – in Hopi Culture, the Spider Grandmother gave two rules.
“One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.” African – Yoruba Proverb
In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” Jainism – Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara
“The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.” Shinto
“What would you would avoid suffering yourself, seek not to impose upon others.” Greek Philosopher – Epictetus
“One should seek for others the happiness one desires for one’s self.” Buddhist
“The higher aim and sense of human life is the striving to attain the welfare of one’s neighbor.” G.I. Gurdieff
“All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.” Native American – Blank Elk
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” Sunnah – Islam
“The golden way was to be friends with the world and to regard the whole family like the members of one family.” Mahatma Gandhi
“It is a very high goal free and responsible development of the individual, so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the service of mankind.” Albert Einstein
The Golden Rule is an idea that transcends all cultures, religions, nations and races. It is an idea deeply rooted into the human race but also one that we need to be consistently reminded. How do you live the Golden Rule in your life?