“That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another.” – Papyrus (c. 664 BCE – 323 BCE)
What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. ” – Sextus the Pythagorean.
Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others.” – Isocrates(436–338 BCE)
“What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others.” – Epictetus
“Zi Gong asked, saying, “Is there one word that may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life?” The Master said, “Is not RECIPROCITY such a word?” – Confucius
“If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.” – Mozi
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. —Udanavarga 5:18
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12)
“Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes.” —Sirach 31:15
“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”
—Talmud, Shabbat 31a
The Golden Rule
Ok, so imagine that one day in high school you discover that you weren’t born in a particular city, but instead had been born in a different city which was located on the other side of a “border”.
How would you like you neighbors to treat you. What would the moral thing to do be ?
Should a Samaritan refuse aid to someone born in another country ?
Does the geography of your birth change the way you should be treated, or treat others?
Or your race ? Or gender?
Some seem to think so – but I’m going with the wisdom of the ages.