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What are the rules for human behavior?

First are a few items from Wikipedia’s list for the Golden Rule – compressed

  • One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive or directive form).
  • One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form).
  • What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).
  1. Now this is the command: Do to the doer to make him do. 1650 BC
  2. That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another. 323 BC
  3. Love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18
  4. Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. Analects 500 BC
  5. One would do for others as one would do for oneself. 400 BC
  6. Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
  7. By self-control and by making right-conduct your main focus, treat others as you treat yourself. Mahābhārata,
  8. Let not a man consent to do those things to another which, he knows, will cause sorrow. Tirukkuṛaḷ  500 AD
  9. Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.” – Thales 546 BC
  10. What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. ” – Sextus the Pythagorean.
  11. Do not do to others that which angers you when they do it to you.” – Isocrates 338 BC
  12. Whatever is disagreeable to yourself do not do unto others. Pahlavi Texts
  13. Treat your inferior as you would wish your superior to treat you. Seneca the Younger 65 AD
  14. What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. Hillel the Elder 10 CE
  15. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Galatians 5:14 30 AD
  16. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Catechism 1583 AD
  17. That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind. 37  Muhammad
  18. Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself. Bahá’u’lláh, p. 71
  19. that which is unfavorable to us, do not do that to others. — Padmapuraana
  20. Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I. Buddha 543 BC
  21. A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. — Sutrakritanga – Jainism
  22. Don’t be the first aggressor. Modern Game theory

Second is a set of ideas that might be similar to Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative: Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.

  1. When you are setting goals set goals, when working work. Probaway
  2. A man’s most pleasant activity is to do the things he is best at doing. Marcus Aurelius
  3. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein
  4. Be the change you want to see in this world. Gandhi
  5. In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. The Dalai Lama
  6. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions means that we are free to change our destiny. Anaïs Nin
  7. Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Napoleon Hill
  8. You create yourself by intentionally creating your habits. Probaway
  9. Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. Eckhart Tolle
  10. What we fear doing is usually what we need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. With a new idea, you must begin in the middle, as there is no precedent. Probaway
  12. Tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is. Esther & Jerry Hicks
  13. We cannot always choose our external circumstances, but we can choose how we respond to them. Epictetus
  14. Nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it. Generate meaning! Sartre
  15. You can dramatize your ideas in business or in any other aspect of your life. It’s easy. Dale Carnegie
  16. Every time you choose to do the right thing, even when nobody would find out otherwise, your life grows a little. Steve Goodier
  17. Growth happens in the throes of conflict, when you are angry, afraid, frustrated, when you realize that you have a choice. Vironika Tugaleva
  18. Create more mature habits when you have the chance to do so. Probaway

Grice’s Maxims of conversation

  1. The maxim of quantity, where one tries to be as informative as one possibly can, and gives as much information as is needed, and no more.
  2. The maxim of quality, where one tries to be truthful, and does not give information that is false or that is not supported by evidence.
  3. The maxim of relation, where one tries to be relevant, and says things that are pertinent to the discussion.
  4. The maxim of manner, when one tries to be as clear, as brief, and as orderly as one can in what one says, and where one avoids obscurity and ambiguity.

What I was searching for was to find help for creating a list of meta-rules for human behavior. The condensed Golden Rule list above was suggesting rules for relating to other people. However, the goal, in this case, was to find and make some statements on how to relate to oneself to help oneself to become a fully functioning mature person. Is there a set of Golden Rule-like statements for relating to oneself?


This web search didn’t satisfy my personal search. I was hoping there would be some sage-level things to be found on Google. There are probably some there, and the search will go on, but today I never found anything better than the KJV Golden Rule – which by the way wasn’t even mentioned in the current Wikipedia article on the Golden Rule.

The King James version – “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 – Wikipedia

The reason this version is so much more powerful that all of the other translations and the comments found on the internet and put into this post is because the word “should” attracts the reciprocity of other people. It is a way to help your personality grow to a more mature level by helping others to grow in the dimensions of personality growth you both need.