“Golden Rules for Peace” — All Viewpoints Deserve Respect
“Golden Rules for Peace” (expressed by 13 different religions)
We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.
– Chief Dan George
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
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find
– The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18
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
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
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would
cause pain if done to you.
– Mahabharata 5:1517
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what
you wish for yourself.
– The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Hadith
One should treat all creatures in the world
as one would like to be treated.
– Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is
the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.
– Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
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, pg. 1299
Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your
neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
– T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web
of all existence, of which we are a part.
– Unitarian principle
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
– Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
This past week I spent several days in a culturally diverse city and my interactions with others lent many reminders that beyond our outer appearance and dress; our cultural traditions and language; we are all essentially the same. I came away believing if humanity could only forget the past we could all find peace together. I am grateful to have my beliefs refreshed, for what is at the top of the heap is what the mind uses most often.
All religions lead to the same God,
and all deserve the same respect.
Anyone who chooses a religion
is also choosing a collective way
for worshipping and sharing the mysteries.
Nevertheless, that person is the only one
responsible for his or her actions along the way
and has no right to shift responsibility
for any personal decisions on to that religion.
This excerpt above is from the “Golden Rules for Peace” poster gathered by Paul McKenna and presented to Mrs. Gillian Sorensen, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2002.