do unto others – 

This is important. I should always adhere to this great rule, when applicable. 

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.     Matthew 7:12

The most familiar version of the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Moral philosophy has barely taken notice of the golden rule in its own terms despite the rule’s prominence in commonsense ethics.

I have heard the “Golden Rule” most of my life. I’m not sure if I ever gave it much thought. It came to me in a very unusual way day before yesterday. If we applied this rule, we would be forced to stop and think. We would have a measure for what we were considering doing or saying. Their would be no room for hate, jealousy and a myriad of other considerations. 

  • If people regarded other people’s families in the same way that they regard their own, who then would incite their own family to attack that of another? For one would do for others as one would do for oneself.” — Mozi(c. 400 BC)
  • “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” — Laozi[15] (c. 500 BC)

    “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself ” – Confucius (500 Bc)

    “Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”    Immanuel Kant 

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