The Golden Rule Still Rules


Over 50 years ago, the founder of the company that provides research, development and product to my business, declared that "the Golden Rule" was the basis for all of his business interactions. Recently a business builder on my team asked me what the Golden Rule was. I had a moment there where I wondered if perhaps what came to me so quickly was indeed the Golden Rule... but, yes, I was able to answer her that the Christian Golden Rule is the much quoted (or it was much quoted as I was growing up) "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". It can be found in the Bible in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, Verse 31.

The Golden Rule is also called "the ethic of reciprocity"
or the "norm of reciprocity". It is a moral code or universal principle that is present in the major religions and world philosophies. It is a touchstone of trustworthiness. If you know that someone lives by the Golden Rule or one of its cognates, and you see the fruits of this professed belief, in their actions and their words, then you will generally welcome a positive association with that person.

In Brahmanism: "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done unto you."

In Buddhism:
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."

In Confusianism: "Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

In Hinduism: "The true role of life is to guard and do by the things of others as they do on their own."

In Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."

In Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."

In Judaism: "Whatever is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. This is the whole of the law, the rest is merely a commentary."

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