I've always suspected that the religions of the world all boil down to the basic premise of the Golden Rule. Now I finally have proof. Well, not proof exactly, but the authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes had the discipline that I lacked to find writings supporting this notion from each of the following major religions. That counts as proof at my dinner table.
Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Hinduism: Do not to others what ye do not wish done to yourself. ..This is the whole Dharma. Heed it well.
- The Mahabharata
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; that is the entire Torah; the rest is commentary; go learn it.
- The Babylonian Talmud
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
- The Tibetan Dhammapada
Confucianism: Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.
- Confucius, Analects
Islam: No one of you is a believer until you desire for another that which you desire for yourself.
- The Sunnah, from The Hadith
Bahai’i: Ascribe not to any soul that which thou wouldst not have ascribed to thee, and say not that which thou doest not. This is my command unto thee, do thou observe it.
- Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
Sopranoism: Whack the next guy with the same respect you’d like to be whacked with, you know?
- Tony, Episode 12
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