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The Universal Golden Rule

Some form of the Golden Rule exists in almost every culture.

  • If we live according to the guidance of reason, we shall desire for others the good which we seek for ourselves. – Baruch Spinoza
  • Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore. – Hindu Proverb
  • Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. – The Talmud, Shabbat 31
  • Christianity: Do to others as you would have them do to you. – Luke 6:31
  • Islam: None of you has faith unless he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. – Hadith (Bukhari) 2:6
  • Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. – Udana Varga
  • Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause pain if done to you. – The Mahabharata
  • Confucianism: "Is there one word that will keep us on the path to the end of our days?" "Yes, Reciprocity. What you do not wish yourself, do not unto others." – The Analects


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