The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Do unto others

Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you.
- Baha'i (?)

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
- Buddhist (Udana-Varga 5,18)

Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.
- Confucius (Analects 15,23)

This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.
- Hindu (Mahabharata 5,1517)

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour.
- Jewish

Regard your neighbour's gains as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss.
- Taoist (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien)

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.
- Zoroastrian (Dadistan-i-dinik 94-5)

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In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Christian

No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself.
- Islam (Azizullah, Hadith 150)

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated oneself.
- Jain (?)


One version of the universal Golden Rule requires positive action, defined by what one oneself would see as positive. The other discourages negative action, defined by what one oneself would not wish to experience.

It seems we do agree (more or less) on the "unto others" part ... but unless all people are alike in their likes and dislikes: who is to define what is to be the universal good?

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