The Golden Rules
Ordered from ease of applicability to the maximizing of eventual impact.
- Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18
- The stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; Leviticus 19:34
- Do to no one what you yourself dislike. Tobit 4:15
- That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another. Egypt 664-323 BCE
- That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. Talmud, Shabbat 31a
- Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others. Isocrates
- What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. Sextus
- What thou avoidest suffering thyself seek not to impose on others. Epictetus
- Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him. Pittacus
- One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. Brihaspati, Mahabharata Anusasana Parva, CXIII, 8
- Beware lest ye harm any soul, or make any heart to sorrow; lest ye wound any man with your words, be he known to you or a stranger, be he friend or foe. `Abdu’l-Bahá
- It isn’t difficult for most of us to imagine what would cause us suffering and to try to avoid causing suffering to others. For this reason many people find the Golden Rule’s corollary, “do not treat people in a way you would not wish to be treated yourself – more pragmatic and easier to use. Humanism
- One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated. The basic Silver Rule
- Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. Confucius, Analects XV.24
- Hurt no one so that no one may have reason to hurt you. Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon
- The truly enlightened ones are those who neither incite fear in others nor fear anyone themselves. Slok, Guru Granth Sahib, – Patwant Singh
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The basic Golden Rule.
- It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly (agreeing ‘neither to harm nor be harmed’,) and it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. Epicurus
- Oh, do as you would be done by. And do unto all men as you would have them do unto you, for this is but the law and the prophet. Postscript to the Quaker peace testimony, signed by George Fox
- Killing a living being is killing one’s own self; showing compassion to a living being is showing compassion to oneself. He who desires his own good, should avoid causing any harm to a living being. Suman Suttam , verse 151
- Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Luke 10:25-28
- We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. ???
- Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. George Bernard Shaw
- The golden rule is a good standard which is further improved by doing unto others, wherever reasonable, as they want to be done by. Karl Popper
- And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 10:25-28
- That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind. Sukhanan-i-Muhammad
- Do to others to cause that he do the same to others. The Eloquent Peasant
- Repay the offenders with favors, as taught in the Zohar. Tanya, ch. 12
- The parable of the Good Samaritan, emphasises the needs for positive action that brings benefit to another, not simply restraining oneself from negative activities that hurt another. Jesus of Nazareth
- Relate to others in ways which will maximize their life and wellbeing. Probaway
- Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. Matthew 7:12 That is the law and the prophets.
- Create and promulgate new ways for people to intentionally improve themselves and their relations with other people. Probaway
All of the Golden Rules in the list above are good advice for most people most of the time. Some of the ones near the top of the list are more easily applied, but are exclusive and limit the suggested behavior to those people who have already been accepted into your social group. The next group of sayings are known as Silver Rule variations, and are about getting through life by not hurting other people. They are easily understood and in most situations easily applied.
The Golden Rule in its most popular form is aimed at being pleasant and cooperative with other people. However, Jesus goes much further in the Matthew 7:12 formulation. It is much more assertive and he uses the words, that men should do to you. That should will sometimes require behavior that will go well beyond the pleasure you may prefer and sometimes makes demands that require great personal effort. These more assertive forms of the Golden Rule aim toward personal self-improvement and the improvement of other people. This method attains its maximum power when we train ourselves to relate to others the way they should relate to us. When we intentionally do something to others, the should becomes a training device for self advancement. The most exalted advancement is to ascend into Heaven because your personal behavior provides the groundwork and method for that attainment.
I have published in the Probaway – Happiness Scale a method for improving humanity called Theoria. It is the creation of wisdom-enhancing methods with the benefits available to everyone and everything. Here is my suggestion to advanced thinkers—create even better methods for improving social relationships among humans which would increase the vigor, happiness and sustainability of all humanity on into the distant future.
Help humanity to live long and prosper.