The Golden Rule – Not Just a Western, or Christian Value

I often bring up the Golden Rule in presentations and thoughtful people will object: “This is a Christian value. We want to talk on a more universal level, including those from other belief systems.”  Well, it’s not just a Christian value.  Here’s what other faiths have to say, in their own words, about what is known as “The Golden Rule”:

Expressions of the Golden Rule in the world’s most widespread faiths


“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.” Baha’i Faith
“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Buddhism
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Christianity
“This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” Hinduism
“None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” Islam
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Judaism
“As thou deemest thyself, so deem others.” Sikhism

(excerpted from Chapter 1, Growing Up Global)



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