The golden thread
Christians call it 'the Golden Rule,' and it is found in every major world religion:
Christianity: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
- The King James Bible, Matt. 7:12
Judaism: That which you hold as detestable, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Law; the rest is but commentary.
- Talmud, Sabbat, 31a
Islam: None of you is a believer if he does not desire for his brother that which he desires for himself.
Brahmanism (orthodox Hinduism): Such is the sum of duty: Do not do to others that which, to you, would do harm to yourself.
- Mahabharata 5:1517
Buddhism: Injure not others in the manner that would injure you.
- Udana-Varga 5:18
Confucianism: Here certainly is the golden maxim: Do not do to others that which we do not want them to do to us.
- Analects 15:23
Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your gain, and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.
- T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien