The Universal Golden Rule; Moving Towards A Global Ethic

The “Declaration Toward a Global Ethic”[28] from the Parliament of the World’s Religions[29][30] (1993) proclaims that the Golden Rule (“We must treat others as we wish others to treat us”) is a common common principle for not only religions, but also all other belief systems.  Main article: Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration

All faiths, belief systems and traditions have some form of the Golden Rule within them. The Initial Declaration above was signed by 143 respected leaders from all of the world’s major faiths, including Baha’i Faith, Brahmanism, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous, Interfaith, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American, Neo-Pagan, Sikhism, Taoism, Theosophist, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian.[31][32] In the folklore of several cultures{31} the Golden Rule is depicted by the allegory of the long spoons.

Some of the Golden Rule sayings from the above religions and other belief systems are shared below:

Buddhism; what you do not desire yourself, do not put before others.

Bahai; Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee

Confucianism; 己所不欲,勿施於人 What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.

Christianity; Do unto others as you would have them to do onto you… 

Hindu; treat others as you would like to be treated. 

Humanism; do not treat people in a way you would not wish to be treated yourselfIslam; do unto all as you would wish to have done unto you.

Jainism; Just as pain is not agreeable to you, it is so with others. Knowing this principle of equality treat other with respect and compassion

Judaism; what is hurtful to yourself do not do to another.
Mohism; If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.

Native American; “All things are our relatives, what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One”. Black Elk

Platonism; one should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.

Quakerism; do as you would be done by. And do unto all men as you would have them do unto you, for this is but the law and the prophet.
Scientology; 1. Be able to experience anything; and 2. Cause only those things which others are able to experience easily.
Sikhism; I am a stranger to no one, and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Sufism; If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware that lest you hurt someone’s heart, for on our path no sin exists except for this.

Taoism; Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

Unitarian; We affirm and promote respect for the interdependence of all existence of which we are a part. 

Wicca; These eight words the Rede fulfill, ‘an ye harm none do as ye will.

Yoruba; One taking a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to see how it hurts.

Zorastranism; Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not to others.


Ancient Greece; Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him. 
Ancient Egypt; That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another

Ancient Rome; The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves.

Ancient Tamizhagam; Let not a man consent to do those things to another which, he knows, will cause sorrow.

Universal Human Rights; the Golden Rule is arguably the most essential basis for the modern concept of human rights, in which each individual has a right to just treatment, and a reciprocal responsibility to ensure justice for others.[67]
Psychology; The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatsoever unless you realize that it’s your move!”[69]

Science; “Ethics is nothing else except reverence for life” Albert Schweitzer

Spiritual, not religious; We are all One. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is healed, all are healed. 

Metaphysical; When I pursue the illusion of a divided mind, I suffer myself and hurt others. It is best to be and stay in the Oneness, where there is only abundance, love, peace, and harmony for all, in the middle of the present moment. 

If you have more Golden Rule beliefs, religions or other tradition sayings to add that are not included above, leave them in the comments section below the blog post, and they will be added. 

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