Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Golden Rule

It seems like such a simple concept.  We all know it.  We're all taught it as children.  Unitarian Universalism has their own version, and it's a concept that I try to live by.  The first UU principle is that we all try to see the "The inherent worth and dignity of every person."

It's something that I try to live every day.  Shouldn't we all?

I need to share this.  This is the narrated portion of the third movement of "All Lifted Hearts."  Words by Kendyl Gibbons and music by Jason Shelton.

  • "In the Talmud of the Jewish tradition, the sage Hillel said: What is hateful to you, do not do to others. This is the whole of the Law; all the rest is commentary."
  • "In the Hindu legend of the Mahabharata, the divine Krishna declared: This is the sum of duty: Do nothing unto others which would cause you pain if done to you."
  • "In the Gospel of Matthew in the Christian scriptures, the messiah Jesus says:  Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.:
  • "In the Buddhist text of the Udanavarga, the student is urged: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."
  • "In the Muslim Hadith of al Nawawi, the prophet Mohammed teaches: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."
  • "In the T'ai Shang treatise of Taoism, the seeker is instructed: Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."
  • "In the ancient wisdom of Shinto there is a saying: The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form."
  • "The Oglala Lakota spiritual leader Black Elk wrote: All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves."

If the major world religions follow this, why can't the people that are very vocal about following the major religions (fundamentalist Christians and Muslims) also follow this principle?

Maybe I'm just naive.

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