The GOLDEN RULE is the most fundamental common ethical denominator of all religious and non-religious belief systems on Earth.
It means: “TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED” or “Do not treat others as you would not like to be treated”.
This is the basic law of peaceful human coexistence and can, therefore, be characterized as the mother of ethics or the constitution of humankind.
As a matter of fact, the GOLDEN RULE is found in the holy scriptures of all major religions and faiths – in different words but with the same divine meaning.
Below are the interpretations of the Golden Rule in the different faith traditions:
"This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you."
— Mahabharata 5:1517
"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."
— Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Slok 23, p. 1379
"And it harm no one, do what thou wilt."
— The Wiccan Rede
(a Pima proverb)
— Emilio Jacinto, Kartilya ng Katipunan
Let us try to make the Golden Rule and the many other common ethical standards and shared moral values to be accepted as the global ethic of human kind by as many people as possible!
We should do this not only in our families but also in the school system. This means that education about the Golden Rule, shared moral values and common ethical standards should become an integral part of the curricula. Such an education would be a peaceful but forceful weapon against the spread of extremism on all sides.
Obviously, if the great majority of people practice the Golden Rule, we would definitely live in a better and much more peaceful and just world.
(by Peter Schier, Konrad Adeneur Foundation & inaugural member of MIN-CC, Malaysia)