Do Unto Others .....
As the following extracts show, all major religions agree on one
basic aspect -- the need to treat others as we treat ourselves.
The basic Christian message (whether lived or not) is to love.
What is not always as obvious is the implication to love ourselves
as we would love others. As someone remarked 'If we talked
to our friends the way talk to ourselves, then no one would stick
All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you
even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7. 12
Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
Udanavarga 5. 18
What is hurtful to yourself do not do to your fellow man. That is
the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go learn
This is the sum of duty: do naught to others which if done to thee,
would cause thee pain.
Mahabarata 5. 1517
No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what
he loves for himself.
Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain: regard your neighbour's
loss as your own loss.
Tai Shan Kan Ying P'ien
That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatsoever
is not good for its own self.
Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's
life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such. Do not unto others
what you would not that they should do unto you.
In happiness and suffering, in joy and in grief, we should regard
all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain
from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable
to us if inflicted upon ourselves.
As thou hast deemed thyself so deem others, then shalt thou become
a partner in heaven.