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A Simple Statement of Guidance

What simple statement of guidance is found in every major religion throughout the world? This single sentence, in varying forms, dates back to the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2040–1650 BC). According to Rushworth Kidder, this concept appears prominently in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and “the rest of the world’s major religions.” 143 leaders of the world’s major faiths endorsed this statement of guidance as part of the 1993 “Declaration Toward a Global Ethic.” According to Greg M. Epstein, it is “a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely,” but belief in God is not necessary to endorse it. Simon Blackburn also states that this concept can be “found in some form in almost every ethical tradition.”

What is this powerful and ubiquitous guidance? What concept has survived for over 4000 years? What principle is common to all major faiths?

 

 

 

We know it as “The Golden Rule.”

 

Here are some examples of the various wording, all with the same intent:

  • A Late Period (c. 664–323 BC) papyrus contains an early negative affirmation of the Golden Rule: “That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another.”
  • Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, c. 623–543 BC) made this principle one of the cornerstones of his ethics in the 6th century BC. It occurs in many places and in many forms throughout the Tripitaka.
    • Comparing oneself to others in such terms as “Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I,” he should neither kill nor cause others to kill. — Sutta Nipata 705
    • One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter. — Dhammapada 10. Violence
    • Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. — Udanavarga 5:18
    • Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.
  • Hillel the Elder (c. 110 BC – 10 AD), used this verse as a most important message of the Torah for his teachings: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” — Shabbath folio:31a, Babylonian Talmud
  • The Old Testament Deuterocanonical books of Tobit and Sirach, accepted as part of the Scriptural canon by Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the Non-Chalcedonian Churches, express a negative form of the Golden Rule: “Do to no one what you yourself dislike.” — Tobit 4:15
  • From the hadith, the collected oral and written accounts of Muhammad and his teachings during his lifetime: A Bedouin came to the prophet, grabbed the stirrup of his camel and said: O the messenger of God! Teach me something to go to heaven with it. Prophet said: “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.” — Kitab al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 146
  • The “Golden Rule” of Leviticus 19:18 was quoted by Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:12; see also Luke 6:31) and described by him as the second great commandment. The common English phrasing is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
  • From the Sukhanan-i-Muhammad (Teheran, 1938): “That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind. … The most righteous person is the one who consents for other people what he consents for himself, and who dislikes for them what he dislikes for himself.”

 

All information sourced from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule.

 

Blessings,

Jo

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The Earth is Healing Itself; It is Up to Us to Heal Humanity

Earth Healing
Earth Healing

 

We are building a whole new world. Every one of us has an important part in this rebuilding. We see clearly now what hasn’t been working. We are now able to start over with what works, what helps us all, what leads toward equity and equality of everyone. It is time to take action! We are all equal and we are each unique. We have unique skills, interests, and abilities. All of us are needed to work together to build our new future. What action will you take for the future of humanity? Pick a love-based action verb from the list below, or a love-based action verb of your own choosing. We are not repeating nor perpetuating past fear-based mistakes, biases, prejudices, and hatreds, so take a love-based approach. What acts of love are you willing, able, and dedicated to perform for the benefit of all? Pick a verb, take an action, make a difference!

Verb Action Toward the New Love-Based World
Build confidence, self-esteem, buildings, structures, foundations, a new paradigm of a love-based world, an inclusive culture, bridges not forts
Change laws, legislation, habits, beliefs, the “status quo,” from judgments and biases to preferences, from exclusion to inclusion, cultural stigmas
Comfort the abused, the children, the Child Within, the fearful, the hopeless, the disenfranchised
Contribute money, time, resources, talents, skills
Create safe havens, new methods, new ideas, new beliefs, a new movement
Donate money, time, resources, energy
Draw images of the new world, hopeful, loving, sharing, caring images
Educate children, parents, government agencies, individuals, groups, students, adults, the entire world to the new love-based paradigm
Engage others in the emerging new world, in nonprofits, in causes, in humanity
Inspire others to take action, to have hope, to sing, people that they can make a difference
Join a love-based group, nonprofit, cause, a peaceful demonstration, together with others for a love-based world
Lead a small group, support group, peaceful demonstration, by example, by faith in something greater than ourselves that unites us
Paint a building, wall, picture, your view of the new world, to inspire,share
Release judgment, past hurts, beliefs that cause pain, anger, bigotry, other people’s influences, misogyny
Remove fear-based and anger-based beliefs, anger, hatred, isolation, fear, gender biases, special privileges, laws that harm others, laws that perpetuate “status quo”
Rescue a child, the abused, the lost, the suicidal
Shift your focus, your worldview, your beliefs, from prejudice to preference
Sing your joy of the new world, joy of life, happiness that we are all ONE
Speak to others, individuals, groups, on blogs/vlogs, podcasts, radio, TV, to the world, and let your voice for love be heard throughout the world
Support children, families, nonprofits, causes, movements, others
Unite neighborhoods, cities, counties, states, nations, the world
Volunteer locally, statewide, regionally, nationally, globally
Write congresspeople, articles, blogs, business plans, action plans, journals

What love-based action verb(s) did you choose?

How do you choose to contribute to the new love-based world?

 

Pick a Verb – Take an Action – Make a Difference!

 

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Mourning

I am in mourning for the loss of my best friend, Donna. A friend I have known for over 30 years. A friend who saved my life at least three times. A friend who was my sister-by-choice. I receive condolences from others, most saying, “I’m sorry for your loss,” which respects my mourning, my sorrow, and shares compassion, caring, and love for both my friend and me. If someone told me, “Yeah, it hurts when anyone dies,” I wouldn’t feel any compassion from them or any understanding of the depth of my pain – in fact, it trivializes her death as just something that happens all the time. Right now, People of Color are mourning a death – actually, a brutal murder. Their pain is deep, endless. This death is added to countless other deaths of People of Color. The compassionate response to their mourning is “I’m sorry for your loss, Black Lives Matter.” Responding to their pain, their mourning, with “All Lives Matter” is like someone telling me “Yeah, it hurts when anyone dies.” Please have compassion for others suffering a loss, others mourning a death. Yes, I am Caucasian, White, and I have not experienced the racism People of Color have. I share my compassion and support of people grieving a death, just as others who don’t understand the depth of my loss, my pain, my mourning, compassionately tell me “I am sorry for your loss.”

Blessings,

Jo

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New Normal

New Normal
New Normal

 

“We’re living the emergence of a new ‘normal,’ and the success of our transition hinges upon (1) our willingness to acknowledge the shift, and (2) our ability to embrace it in a healthy way.”

Gregg Braden, Resilience from the Heart