The Golden Rule in Life

The Golden Rule in Life

The golden rule, according to many religions/cultures, is profoundly simple.


Christianity: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Gospel of Matthew 22, 36-40).


Buddhism: “Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others” (The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18).


In a famous story in the Talmud, Hillel claimed that the Golden Rule summarised the whole Torah.


A certain Gentile came to Shammai and said to him, “Make me into a Jewish convert, but teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” Immediately Shammai drove him away with the measuring stick which was in his hand. When the same Gentile went before Hillel with the same proposition, Hillel said to him:


“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. That is the whole Torah, while the rest is the commentary on it. Now go and study it.” (b.Shabbat 31a)


Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty. Do not unto others that which would cause you pain if done to you” (Mahabharata 5)


Islam: “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself” (Hadith 13, The Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi).



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