There is one simple rule that would make our lives would be so much brighter, so much richer and so much more meaningful, if we simply just lived it. In any language, in any faith, it reminds us of how truly wonderful we humans can be when our individual thoughts and actions are aligned in commonality of purpose, to the benefit of all.
One simple rule expressed in a multitude of ways. One simple rule that is both universally relevant yet as ancient as humanity itself. One simple rule that unites us in our past, guides us in our present and points us to our shared destiny. Just one simple rule.
“Son, that which seems evil unto thee do not do to thy companion”
-Babylonian legend of Ahitar
“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
-Confucius, The Analects
“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; That is the whole Torah. while the rest is commentary, go and learn it.”
-Hillel, the Talmud -Shabbat 31a, the “Great Principle”
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
-Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 7:12
“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you”
-The Prophet Muhammad, the Farewell Sermon
“One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.”
If your neighbor’s jackal escapes into your garden, you should return the animal to its owner; that is how you would want your neighbor to treat you.”