The Golden Rule is a very simple construct, that is present in one form or another in virtually every civilized culture and society. It’s the basic ground rule that maintains the integrity and survival of humanity.
The Golden Rule is also a cornerstone in virtually all major religions and life-philosophies:
- Confucius (551 to 489 bc): ‘What you yourself do not want, do not do to another person’ (Sayings 15, 23).
- Rabbi Hilel (60 bc to ad 10): ‘Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you’ (Shabbat 31a).
- Jesus of Nazareth: ‘Whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them’ (Matt. 7:12; Luke 6:31).
- Islam: ‘None of you is a believer as long as he does not wish his brother what he wishes himself’ (Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi, 13).
- Jainism: ‘Human beings should be indifferent to worldly things and treat all creatures in the world as they would want to be treated themselves’ (Sutrakritanga I, 11, 33).
- Buddhism: ‘A state which is not pleasant or enjoyable for me will also not be so for him, and how can I impose on another a state which is not pleasant or enjoyable for me?’ (Samyutta Nikaya V, 353.35–342.2).
- Hinduism: ‘One should not behave towards others in a way which is unpleasant for oneself: that is the essence of morality’ (Mahabharata XIII, 114.8).
This web site explores the concept of the Golden Rule. What it is. What is implies. And de-constructs the underlying concepts behind it.
If you are looking for meaning and purpose, the Golden Rule is a good place to start…
“What Is This All About?”
We find ourselves asking this question in many ways.
Is there an ultimate, “meaning of life?”
The truth is, nobody can answer this question with 100% confidence. There is no standard by which such an answer would be acceptable to most people anyway.
But life most definitely has meaning. And we all have purpose. It’s up to you to find the best meaning and purpose in your life.
The COTGR can help by offering some insight and guidance.
We are a non-denominational, secular group that promotes certain philosophical ideals that are embraced by almost all major religions and ethical organizations.
What we do differently, is focus on the crystallization of certain fundamental concepts we believe lead people to get closest to the most personally rewarding and socially benevolent way of living.
We invite you to join us and find out more.
In exchange for a little of your time and consideration, you may find the missing component for which you’ve been searching.