From the 1999 Farmer’s Almanac:
Brahanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:1517)
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (Udana-Barga 5:18)
Confuscianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. (Analets 15:23)
Taoisim: 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)
Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-I-dinkik 94:5)
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
Christianity: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself (Sunnah)
Additionally, the Native Americans, who don’t separate God/Creator from nature, see connectedness in every single thing on Earth. The ultimate in “doing unto others” includes all of nature, as well. Respect and honor is shown to all living things, never taking more than you need–which means having faith that nature will provide if shown respect.
This was one of the most powerful things I learned when I studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Tao, and Confucious~
Every single religion has the saying “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Done Unto You…”
It sounds so simple, and yet, if one applies it to every.single.decision that one makes, it is truly an exercise in compassion, empathy, and letting go of selfishness. To me, it includes not forcing your beliefs upon someone else, however passionate you may be about them.
I believe that each of us is given a set of unique experiences making us the wonderful individuals that we are and those experiences also lead us along a certain spiritual path. No one has a right to interfere with that, although there is a trail of blood throughout history of people (of ALL faiths) attempting to force themselves upon others.
I was taught growing up that we all had to be Christians in order for there to be Peace….
…but I’ve been led to believe otherwise–that all paths lead to the same place and it doesn’t matter how we get there–as long as we get there.
God (or your Higher Power) Bless Us Everyone.
Peace to you all.