“Many Faiths…one Golden Rule”

That most golden of “Rules” across the spectrum of faith traditions. Part of an interfaith dialogue lead by Chaplain Paula McKenzie.

  • Baha’i: 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 ‘iu ‘llah, Gleanings.
  • Buddhism: Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udana-Varga 5.18
  • Christianity: In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you, for this is the law and the prohets. Matthew 7:12
  • Confucianism: One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. Confucius, Analects 15.23
  • Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5.1517
  • Humanism: Don’t do things that you wouldn’t want to have done to you. British Humanist Society
  • Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. Number 13 of Imam Al Nawawi’s Forty Haditha
  • Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Hillel Talmud, Shabbat 31a
  • Jainism: One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
  • Native American: We are as much alive as we keep the earth and others alive. Chief Dan George
  • Native American: All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One. Black Elk
  • Shinto: Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God. Ko-ji-ki Haciman Kasuga
  • Unitarianism: We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web all existence of which we are a part. Unitarian Principles
  • Wiccan: And if you harm no one, do what thou wilt.
  • Yoruba: One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.
  • Zoroastrianism: Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. Shayast-na-shayast 13.29