A key element of the Golden Rule is that a person attempting to live by this rule treats all people with consideration, not just members of his or her in-group. The Golden Rule has its roots in a wide range of world cultures, and is a standard different cultures use to resolve conflicts.
Statements that mirror the Golden Rule appear in Ancient Egypt in the story of The Eloquent Peasant. Rushworth Kidder states that the label 'golden' was applied by Confucius (551–479 B.C.), who wrote a version of the Silver Rule. Kidder notes that this framework appears prominently in many religions, including "Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastriansim, and the rest of the world's major religions", and Simon Blackburn states that the Golden Rule can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition."
"Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal." – Dalai Lama
"Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself. " – Baha'u'llah
"If thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbour that which thou choosest for thyself." – Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
"Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." – Udana-Varga 5.18
"All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." – Matthew 7:1
"Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you." – Analects 12:2
"This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you." – Mahabharata 5:1517
"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." – Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths."
"One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated." – Mahavira, Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the law: all the rest is commentary" – Talmud, Shabbath 31a
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." – Black Elk"We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive." – Chief Dan George
"I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all." – Guru Granth Sahib, p.1299
"Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." – T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien 213-218
"We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." – Unitarian Principle
"An it harm none, do what ye will." – Wiccan Rede
"Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself." – Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
In Christianity and Judaism, this is called "The Golden Rule." It is often expressed as:
"Do onto others as you would wish them do onto you."
They do not teach that one should treat others as one would wish to be treated.
Anton Szandor LaVey is the founder of the Church of Satan. He taught that a Satanist should respond with kindness to those who deserve it, and respond with vengeance to those who attack. That is how a Satanist should react to the treatment given by others by responding to them in the same way.
The Nine Satanic Sins
Unlike Satanists, they teach a virulent form of racism. They hate non-whites, Jews, and homosexuals.
One of their beliefs is that:
"What is good for the White Race is the highest virtue; what is bad for the White Race is the ultimate sin."Their religion is based mainly upon love of the white race and hatred of everyone else, who they refer to as members of the "mud races." There have been a number of mass murders which have allegedly been perpetrated by members of the Creativity Movement.
"Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same."
"A much more accurate definition of the Golden Rule is: Treat others with the same consideration and respect that you wish to be treated. It does not mean do to others exactly what you like to be done to you. For example, if you like peanut butter, it does not mean you should feed it to someone who is allergic to it, which can kill him. It does not mean you should take your wife who likes concerts, to a basketball game because you like basketball or invite your Hindu friend to a barbeque because you are a meat lover when you know he is vegetarian."
Also, consider the Qura'n:Religious intolerance
Genocide of people of other religions
The death penalty for a very broad range of behaviors that are not considered crimes today
The murder of individuals engaging in some same-sex behaviors
The torture and rape of prisoners of war
The execution of sorcerers, and non-virgin brides
An inferior status for women.
"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.” – Edwin Markham
Please remember as you go about your day, and interact with others, to treat them as you wish to be treated.
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." – AesopRelated Articles