Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you.
- Confucius (551-479 BC)
The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in most religions and cultures. It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although different religions treat it differently.
The maxim may appear as a positive or negative injunction governing conduct:
- Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form)
- Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form)
- What you wish upon others, you want to upon yourself (empathetic or responsive form)
The idea dates at least to the early Confucian times (551–479 BCE), according to Rushworth Kidder, who identifies that this concept appears prominently in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and “the rest of the world’s major religions.” But belief in God is not necessary to endorse it.
Only a saint could experience existence while never hurting another, yet just a criminal damages the people around him without the slightest hesitation.
Altogether beside sentiments of “blame” or “disgrace” or “heart,” which can all be sufficiently genuine and awful enough, it additionally happens to be genuine that the mischief one never really can pull back on oneself.
Not all destructive demonstrations are reversible: one can commit an action against another, which can’t be postponed or overlooked. Murder is such a demonstration. One can work out how severe violation of almost any precept in this book could become an irreversible harmful act against another.
The ruin of another’s life can wreck one’s own. Society reacts—the prisons and the insane asylums are stuffed with people who harmed their fellows. But there are other penalties: whether one is caught or not, committing harmful acts against others, mainly when hidden, can cause one to suffer severe changes in his attitudes toward others and himself, all of them unhappy ones. The happiness and joy of life depart.
This rendition of “The Golden Rule” is likewise valuable as a test. At the point when one convinces somebody to apply it, the individual can accomplish a reality on what a destructive demonstration is. It answers for one what damage is. The philosophical inquiry concerning bad behavior, the contention of what’s going on, is reacted to immediately on an individual premise: Would dislike that to transpire? No? At that point, it must be an unsafe activity and, from society’s perspective, an off-base activity. It can stir social cognizance. It would then be able to let one work out what one ought to do and what one ought not to do.