And when we look at the essence of all religions we find this “Golden Rule” to be the common thread:
African Traditional Proverb • One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts.
Baha’i Faith • Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.
Buddhism • Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Christianity • Do unto others as you would have them so unto you.
Confucianism • Tse-kung asked, Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life? Confucius replied, It is the word ‘shu’ — reciprocity. Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Hinduism • Do naught to others which, if done to thee, would cause thee pain: this is the sum of duty.
Islam • No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
Jainism • In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.
Judaism • What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. That is the entire Law, all the rest is commentary.
Shintoism • Be charitable to all beings, love is the representative of God.
Sikhism • Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.
Taoism • Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain and your neighbor’s loss as your loss.