The Golden Rule

  • Golden Rule Living is the great simplifier. It places us in another soul’s shoes, taking what can appear to be a complex decision that involves another and streamlining it to a one-step process of deciding, ‘If I wouldn’t like this done to me, then I shall not do it to another.’  ~Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths
  • If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.” ~ Deepak Chopra
  • We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.                 ~ Edwin Markham
The Golden Rule
Sayings from the Religions

Do unto others as you would have them do unto
you, for this is the law and the prophets.

Christianity (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31)

What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow
man. That is the whole of The Torah and the
remainder is but commentary

 Judaism (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)             

Do unto all men as you would they should unto
you, and reject for others what you would reject
for yourself.

Islam (Mishkat-el-Masabih)

Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
Buddhism (Udanavarga 5.8)

Tzu Kung asked: “Is there any one principle upon which 
one’s whole life may proceed?” Confucius replied: 
“Is not Reciprocity such a principle?-
what you do not yourself desire, do not put before others.”

Confucianism (Analects 15.23)

This is the sum of all true righteousness –
Treat others, as thou wouldst thyself be treated.
Do nothing to thy neighbor, which hereafter
Thou wouldst not have thy neighbor do to thee.

Hinduism –Mahabharata (Ganguli, Book13 CXIII)

Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself.
Sikhism Guru Angad (Macauliffe vol2,p.29)

A man should wander about treating all creatures
as he himself would be treated.

Jainism (Sutrakritanga Sutra 1.11.33)

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain; and regard
your neighbor’s loss as your own loss, even as though you
were in their place.

Taoism (Tai-Shang Kan-Ying Pien)

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

Bahá’í (Bahá’ulláh)

A video: “Let’s revive the Golden Rule:”The very well known religious historian and author Karen Armstrong delivered the following presentation during a TEDTalk. (about 10 minutes)
Below is a beautiful video by the Humanity Healing Network. They wove many versions of the Golden Rule into an incredibly moving video. Well worth watching!