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THE GOLDEN RULE PRINCIPLE: Global Religious Leaders Called to Refocus on this Universal Objective of the Interfaith Community

...The golden rule as endorsed by all the great world religions is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others only in ways that you're willing to be treated in the same exact situation." To apply it, you'd imagine yourself in the exact place of the other person on the receiving end of the action. If you act in a given way toward another, and yet are unwilling to be treated that way in the same circumstances, then you violate the rule. 

The golden rule, with roots in a wide range of world cultures, is well suited to be a standard to which different cultures could appeal in resolving conflicts. As the world becomes more and more a single interacting global community, the need for such a common standard is becoming more urgent. - Gensler, Blackwell Dictionary of Business Ethics

In the light of growing global humanitarian needs, Stephen M. Apatow, founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute is making an international appeal for religious leaders to refocus on "The Golden Rule Principle," as the most significant objective and message for their faith communities.
Excerpt: "A Call to Action" by Stephen M. Apatow, President and Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute. Copyright © 1994-2003 Humanitarian Resource Institute.  All rights reserved.

The Golden Rule Principle:

Baha'i: "Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself." -- Baha'u'llah Gleanings

Buddhism: "Treat not others in ways that yourself would find hurtful." -- Udana-Varga 5.18

Confucianism: "One word which sums up the basis for all good conduct...loving kindness. Do not do to others what you would not want done to yourself." -- Confucious Analects 15:23

Christianity: "So in everything, do to others, what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets" -- New Testament: MT 7:12 NIV

Druid: Each of us must take responsibility for acting in the best manner we can in every situation. There is no outside force imposing rules on us; no one else can tell you what your truth is, but you know it just the same. You know when you act from the same inner place where your divine Self reigns. And you know when you go against it: in those cases, you feel your ethics being trammeled, your conscience becoming numb, or the flow of your life being pushed out of its channel. 
(Truth of Sovereignty -- Truth reigns supreme) -- Sutton & Mann Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom, pg 206.

Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you." -- Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam: "Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself."  -- The Prophet Mohammed, Hadith

Jainism: "One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated." -- Mahavira, Sutravitanga

Judaism: "What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole torah; all the rest is commentary." -- Hillel, Talmad, Shabbat 31a

Native Spirituality: "We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive." -- Chief Dan George

Sikhism:  "I am no stranger to no one; an no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all." -- Guru Granth Sahib, pg.1299

Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbors loss as your own loss." --  T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218

Unitarianism: "We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part."  -- Unitarian principle

Wicca: "An it harm none, do what ye will." -- Wiccan Rede (Doreen Valiente 1964)

Zoroastrianism: "Do not unto others what is injurious to yourself." -- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29 

Following September 11, the deterioration of peace negotiations, escalation of violence in the Middle East and challenges associated with the global war against terrorism, the International Interfaith Peace Declaration was drafted by Stephen M. Apatow, President and Founder of Humanitarian Resource Institute.  In conjunction with the release of this document, leaders from the interfaith community, intergovernmental/non-governmental organizations, United Nations programs and members of the international community are being asked to endorse this initiative as a contribution to the work of peacemaking and nonviolence. Click here to view the signatories.


Helpful Resources:

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