Sunday, February 04, 2007
Really Good Ideas
"May I do to others as I would that they should do unto me." Plato
"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 (Confucianism)
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 6:31, King James Version. (Christianity)
"What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a. (Judaism)
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5:18 (Buddhism)
"All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One." Black Elk (Native American)
"Te-kung asked, 'Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?' Confucius replied, 'It is the word 'shu' -- reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.'" Doctrine of the Mean 13.3 (Confucianism)
"...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353 (Buddhism)
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517 (Hinuism)
"Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you." Socrates
"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." (Islam)
"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 (Baha'i)
"The law imprinted on the hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselves." (Roman Pagan Religion)
"Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God." Ko-ji-ki Hachiman Kasuga (Shinto)
"Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone." Guru Arjan Devji 259 (Sikhims)
"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. (Taoism)
"Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your superiors,"Seneca Epistle 47:11
"An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself). One's will is to be carefully thought out in advance of action. (Wicca)
"One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts." (Yoruba - Nigerian)
"Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others." Shayast-na-Shayast 13:29 (Zoroastrianism)
What you would avoid suffering yourself, seek not to impose on others." Epictetus
"Act as if the maxim of thy action were to become by thy will a universal law of nature." Emmanuel Kant
"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 1970 to 1640 BCE and may be the earliest version of The Golden Rule ever written. (Ancient Egyptian)
"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 (Christianity)
These cross religious, cultural and temporal boundries. It's how man, through the centuries, has decided that we're supposed to treat each other.
At no point do any of these say that if you act this way that people will treat you in the same manner. That's simply not part of it. It's about how we are supposed to act. We can't do anything about how other people act.
And life is monumentally unfair. No matter how hard you try to live your life by the really good ideas of great men, others will use that against you. Others will fail to believe that you are capable of acting in the manner that you want to be treated, will assume the worst of you first.
You can only control your own actions. Others will do what they will. You have no control over any of that.
"Come back to the montra"
-Hillary Rodham Clinton
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
-Sir Francis Bacon
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Forgive me for quoting a Frenchman.