The Golden Rule

Since the time of Confucius, and probably even before that, man has been very aware of the concept of the Golden Rule.  Confucius himself said, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”

And all of the major religions of the world have a similar concept. All religions, although most religious zealots would not agree, actually have the same spiritual tenet running through their belief system.

  • Buddhists believe: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
  • Christians believe: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
  • Jews believe: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”
  • Hindus believe: “One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self.”
  • Muslims believe: “That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind.”
  • Even atheists who do not believe in a higher power believe in the rules of reciprocity.

So, pretty much close to eight billion people are in agreement that we all believe that if we treat others well, speak well, and create a welcoming environment, we in turn will be treated the same.

Hmm.  It sounds a bit like karma.  Personified, karma is either an angel or a devil, a well-wisher or a bitch.

I am fairly certain that as individuals, we need to look past our differences and see the commonality of our wants and desires.  Whether you live in a house or an apartment or a tin structure in the middle of the desert,  I feel optimistic that at the core, our wants and desires are the same.  We all want health, happiness, and a sense of peace.

Maybe, just maybe, if we spend less time pointing out our differences and more time finding our common thread, karma will be a bit kinder to us all.

Maybe, just maybe, the sun will seem to shine a little brighter and the smile shared between strangers will be from a place of kindness and mutual respect.