Date: July 17, 2015
Maybe I chucked an apple at my younger brother, or maybe I shoved him to the ground. Whatever it was, he ended up crying. Our mom heard his blubbering and scolded me, saying, "Do you think that was fun? Do you think that was funny? How would you like that to happen to you?” I did not want that happening to me.
Mom was pointing to the Golden Rule. Every major religion has a version of the Golden Rule.
In Christianity: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets.”
In Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”
In Islam: “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother that which he wishes for himself.”
In Hinduism: “This is the sum of the Dharma [duty]: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.”
In Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
And still, we fight, we shove, we hurt, and we war.
The Golden Rule only works if we all live it day to day.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, let me treat others as I want to be treated. If enough of us do this, Lord, Your world will be a better place. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Number 13 of Imam “Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths”