Thanks for all of the personal emails to my last post on religion. Seems like it brought up a lot of beliefs for quite a few folks.
In the last week I came across something very interesting that I wanted to share with you. In focusing on the 90% where all religions seem to agree, I went to the core of each religion- to the Golden Rule…
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Interestingly enough, each major religion says pretty much the same thing…..
(listed in alphabetical order)
This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. Mahabharata, 5, 1517
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Udama-Varga, 5, 18
Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you. Analects, 15, 23
All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7, 12
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother what which he desires for himself. Sunnah
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. Talmud, Shabbat, 31a
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
That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. Dadistan-i-dinik, 94, 5
The next time when you feel a disconnect from someone else because of your differences, change to focus and go look for common ground. It’s always there for us if we look for it.
And if you get stuck, you can always revert to the one thing we share and just do unto others as you would have them do unto you. For no matter what language you say it in, or what religion you may practice, love is always the answer.