Friday, April 07, 2006

The universality of morality

Confucianism - Do not do to others what you would not
like yourself. Then there will be no
against you, either in the family or in the state.
Analects 12:2
Buddhism - Hurt not others in ways that you yourself
would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5,1
Christianity - All things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye so to them; for this
is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:1
Hinduism - This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others
what you would not have them do
unto you.
Mahabharata 5,1517
Islam - No one of you is a believer until he desires for
his brother that which he desires for himself.
Judaism - What is hateful to you, do not do to your
fellowman. This is the entire Law; all
rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 3id
Taoism - Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain, and
your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
Tai Shang Kan Yin P'ien
Zoroastrianism - That nature alone is good which refrains
from doing another whatsoever is not
good for itself.
Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

It doesn't really matter what book you read, what God you call Father (or mother), what language you chant your prayers or meditations in, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and do not unto others that which you would not have done to you." Seems to be a good general rule ... EVERYONE seems to say it at one time or another :). Thanks to Apollo from PVP for the quotes :)


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