Saturday, December 24

“As a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”
— George Saunders



The Golden Rule
Wisdom traditions around the world mention the golden rule. Read through some or all of the examples below.

  • Buddhism: “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others”
  • Christianity: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
  • Confucianism: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”
  • Hinduism: “One who regards all creatures as his own self, and behaves towards them as towards his own self attains happiness.”
  • Islam: “As you would have people do to you, do to them.”
  • Jainism: “A monk should treat all beings as he himself would be treated.”
  • Judaism: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Taoism: “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.”
  • Zoroastrianism: “That character is best that doesn’t do to another what isn’t good for itself.”

Note that the golden rule doesn’t 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.

Today’s Prompt: Sentence stem: “This season, I want to give…”