Brushed up: Aug 27&28, 2011


The Golden Rule Across “Cultures”

The persistence of the same message across religions and teachings is really very fulfilling for me. It confirms the path of Ecosonance. So part of my research is to look for this “same” knowledge that “we,” the human species, have been re-discovering, time and again, across time and space, and have at the same time been failing to actually apply on a comprehensive scale.

This is where Kant’s classic “categorical imperative” belongs, for example. It has been taken into account, if not guided explorations, in moral philosophy ever since. As far as contemporaries, I gladly recommend Daniel Vokey’s 2001 PhD-thesis-turned-book Moral Discourse in a Pluralistic World. My favourite chapter is “Reasons of the Heart.” It draws on Mahayana Buddhist ethics to embellish aspects of the moral philosophical tradition of “the West,” so as to lend support to the do-ability of the “way” the book title shows.

I am assuming it is self-evident what is the connection to Jack Layton’s mission-in-action, lighteningly brief in view of the historical continuum, yet immensely impactful for its witnesses, and I’d imagine, ideally, for generations to come.

Hinduism
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you
Mahabharata 5:1517

Buddhism
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful
The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.8

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

Taoism
Regard your neighbour`s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour`s loss as your loss
Lao Tzu, T`ai Shang Kan Ying P`ien, 2213-218

Sikhism
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

Christianity
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets
Jesus, Matthew 7:12

[NOTE: the above quote is from the New Testament, and there is a paraphrase at Luke 6:31, ibid. Versions figure in the Old Testament, a.k.a. the Jewish Bible, e.g. in Leviticus 19:18: “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor [fellow, in some translations that keep neighbor for the New Testament counterparts] as yourself…”]

Unitarianism
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarian principle

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive
Chief Dan George

Zoroastrianism
Do not do to others whatever is injurious to yourself
Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

Jainism
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated
Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

Judaism
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Islam
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself
The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Baha`i Faith
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, Gleanings


Credits: Texts copied from a poster by Scarboro Missions, designed by Kathy Van Loon; All Rights Reserved Paul McKenna 2000; Bookstore @ tel. 416.690.477 has it in letter-size format for smthg like $1.00, regular poster size around $10.00. Verified current month, Aug 2011.


Disclaimer: At this point I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the references (or the translation) of the quotes above. I choose to believe in the message.