The Golden Rule – Universal Truth or Coincidence?

Christianity:

“As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” -Luke 6:31

Buddhism:

“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” -Udanavarga

Judaism:

“That which is hateful unto you, do not impose on others.” -Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Hinduism:

“Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.” -Mahabharata 5:1517

Confucianism:

“Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” -Analects 15:23

Islam:

“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” -Sunan

Universal truth or coincidence?  I don’t know, but for me it’s the handiest guide when I’m trying to decide if my action is the right thing to do.

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