do unto others

“do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
i was raised in an athiest’s househould, but this was a life’s philosophy that my mother stressed strongly during my childhood.

this does not mean “do unto others as they have done unto you.”
that thinking is the basis of the “eye for an eye” principle.  that causes conflicts, not only with yourself but with those around you.

“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.” –  Plato’s Socrates
Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. — Confucius
One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires. — Brihaspati
Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. — Muhammad
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself… — Leviticus

i know it can be hard to live by this philosophy (and being human, we all have failed in doing so at one time or another).
but wouldn’t this world  be a better place if we all actually tried?

“Can’t we all just get along” – Zorfip (my imp minion in World of Warcraft).

~ by ritamerlot on September 1, 2010.

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