Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Not my words Wednesday

I do believe: that all you need to know, and do, to be a good person and live a good life, is to follow, and live by, the Ethics of  Reciprocity. Or as you may know it, the Golden Rule. Every philosophy/religion/faith from the beginning of written history professes it. This and nothing more.

Bahai Faith
"Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not." "Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself." Baha'u'llah

"This is the sum of Dharma [duty]: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you". Mahabharata, 5:1517 "

"...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353

"One should seek for others the happiness one desires for oneself."

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12, King James Version

He appears to have been the first person to record the Golden Rule in its negative form. This is sometimes referred to as the "Silver Rule."Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you" Doctrine of the Mean

He also expressed the Golden Rule in its positive form:
"Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence." Mencius VII.A.4

Ancient Egyptian:
"Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him thus to do." The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant, 109 - 110 Translated by R.B. Parkinson. The original dates to circa 1800 BCE and may be the earliest version of the Ethic of Reciprocity ever written.

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

The religion of the Incas:
"Do not to another what you would not yourself experience." Manco Capoc, founder of the empire of Peru. 6

"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths."

"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara
"...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.", Hebrew Scriptures (a.k.a. Old Testament) Leviticus 19:18

Native American 
"Respect for all life is the foundation." The Great Law of Peace.

"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk

"Do not wrong or hate your neighbor. For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself." Pima proverb.

Roman Pagan Religion:
"The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves."

"Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God." Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga

"Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss." Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien

"To those who are good to me, I am good; to those who are not good to me, I am also good. Thus all get to be good."

"An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do whatever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). This is called the Wiccan Rede.

"One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts."

"That nature alone is good which refrains from doing to another whatsoever is not good for itself." Dadisten-I-dinik, 94:5

"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29