Saturday, December 23

“The sage has no interest of their own, but takes the interests of the people as their own. They are kind to the kind; they are also kind to the unkind.”
— Lao Tzu (Taoism)

Today’s Excerpt:

One of the strongest commonalities in wisdom traditions around the world centers on the golden rule. Read through the quotes to learn more about the golden rule through the lens of different wisdom traditions from across time and around the world.

  • “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” — Confucius (Confucianism)
  • “The sage has no interest of their own, but takes the interests of the people as their own. They are kind to the kind; they are also kind to the unkind.” — Lao Tzu (Taoism)
  • “Love your neighbor as yourself.” — Moses (Judaism)
  • “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” — Jesus of Nazareth (Christianity)
  • “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike to be done to you, don’t do to them.” — Muhammad (Islam)
  • “A monk should treat all beings as he himself would be treated.” — Sudharma Swami (Jainism)
  • “That character is best that doesn’t do to another what isn’t good for itself.” — Zoroaster (Zoroastrianism)
  • “One who regards all creatures as his own self, and behaves towards them as towards his own self attains happiness.” — Viyasa (Hinduism)
  • “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others” — Buddha (Buddhism)

Note that the golden rule doesn’t necessarily mean that you should treat everyone the same. Rather, it means that just as you would want to be treated in the way that’s right for you, you should treat others in the way that’s right for them.

THIS WEEK’S LESSON

Kindness