Saturday, April 8, 2006


My lovely neighbor Blondie has a very insightful post on a subject I know glaringly little about. I'm stealing something I think everyone should see, and draw conclusions from, sans comment from me:

Rabbi Hillel was reportedly asked by someone to explain Judaism while standing on one foot. Hillel replied "What you find hateful, do not do to another. This is the essence of the Law. Everything else is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 3id

"Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state." Analects 12:2, Confucianism

"Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." Udana-Varga 5,1, Buddhism

"This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you." Mahabharata 5,1517, Hinduism

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

"Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss." Tai Shang Kan Yin P'ien, Taoism

"That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself." Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5, Zoroastrianism

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