THE GOLDEN RULE
(the following examples are mostly from various Internet sources and translated original sources)
Over thousands of years of human history, religions and philosophers in all parts of the world have tried to encapsulate a moral code of behavior into one simple saying. These attempts, although originally in a variety of languages, have produced strikingly similar messages.
This must mean something significant.
The fact that so many people seem to be unable to follow such a simple maxim is perhaps even more significant.
ARISTIPPUS OF CYRENE:
-Cherish reciprocal benevolence, which will make you as anxious for another’s welfare as your own.
- Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou art thyself a sinner.
- Choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.
- Do naught unto others, which would cause you pain if done to you.
- Hurt not others with that which pains you.
- And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
- Try your best to treat others, as you would wish to be treated yourself.
- Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do.
FIRST NATION (North American Indian):
- Grant that I may not judge my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins.
- Respect for all life is the foundation.
- Do not do to others what you would not wish to suffer yourself (Isocrates).
- May I do to others as I would that they should do unto me (Plato).
- This is the sum of duty: do naught to others, which if done to thee would cause thee pain.
- Don’t do things you wouldn’t want to have done to you.
- What’s mine is yours. What’s yours is mine.
- Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
- Not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you.
- A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.
- What is hateful to you; do not to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary.
NIGERIAN SAYING (Yoruba):
- One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.
ROMAN PAGAN RELIGION:
- The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves.
- Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.
- Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your superiors.
SEXTUS (a Pythagorean):
- What you wish your neighbors to be to you, such be also to them.
- The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.
- Don’t create enmity with anyone, as God is within everyone.
- Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you.
- If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone’s heart.
- Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
- Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations . . .
- As in it harm no one, do what thou wilt.
- Do whatever you want, as long as it harms no one including yourself.
- Whatever is disagreeable to you, do not do unto others.
- Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
- Do unto others before they do unto you.
- He who has the Gold, makes the Rule.