the Golden Rule


The Golden Rule is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated.

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It is a maxim that is found in many religions and cultures.

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It can be considered an ethic of reciprocity in some religions, although other 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


Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated


What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself The idea dates at least to the early Confucian times, 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".

Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is described as tradition, a philosophy, a religion, a humanistic or rationalistic religion, a way of governing, or simply a way of life.

Zoroastrianism or Mazdayasna is one of the world's oldest continuously practiced religions.

Rushworth Moulton Kidder was an author, ethicist, and professor.


The concept of the Rule is codified in the Code of Hammurabi stele and tablets.

The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia, dating back to about 1754 BC.


143 leaders of the world's major faiths endorsed the Golden Rule 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.

Greg M. Epstein is the current Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition".

Simon Blackburn is an English academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics, where he defends quasi-realism, and in the philosophy of language; more recently, he has gained a large general audience from his efforts to popularise philosophy.

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