The Golden Rule in History... along with the words of many of the wise sages who taught it...
“My words are easy to understand and easy to perform...
yet no man under heaven knows them or practices them.
My words have ancient beginnings.
My actions are disciplined.
Because men do not understand..
they have no knowledge of me.
Those that know me are few;
Those that abuse me are honored.
Therefore the sage wears rough clothing
and holds the jewel in his heart.”
“Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.”
“When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others.” - Confucius
“You will say to yourselves: "Here I am, fond of life and not wanting to die, fond of pleasure and averse to pain. If anyone should attempt to take my life from me, or inflict pain upon me, that would not be pleasing to me, and if I were to rob someone else of life, or inflict pain, that likewise would not be pleasing to him." Therefore you will say to yourselves: "How then could I inflict pain upon another?" As a result of such reflection you will abstain from taking life of anything, or inflicting pain on any living creature. And you will do the same as regards thieving, adultery, lying, idle speech, slander, harsh and uncharitable words. For you could not inflict these things upon others when you would not have them inflicted upon yourself.” - The Buddha
"You must not take vengeance nor have a grudge against the sons of your people; and you must love your fellow as yourself." - Moses - Leviticus 19:18
"Why do you not judge.. also for yourselves.. what is righteous?" - Jesus - Luke 12:57
“All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them; this, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.” - Jesus
"For the entire Law stands fulfilled in one saying, namely: "You must love your neighbour as yourself." If, though, you keep on biting and devouring one another, look out that you do not get annihilated by one another."
- Galatians 5:14
”Do not you people be owing anybody a single thing, except to love one another; for he that loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. For the law code, "You must not commit adultery, You must not murder, You must not steal, You must not covet," and whatever other commandment there is, is summed up in this word, namely, "You must love your neighbor as yourself." Love does not work evil to one's neighbour; therefore love is the law's fulfilment.” - Romans 13:8
"The men who discovered for us the Law of Love were greater scientists than any of our modern scientists. Only our explorations have not gone far enough and so it is not possible for every one to see all its working. Such, at any rate, is the hallucination, if it is one, under which I am labouring. The more I work at this law the more I feel the delight in life, the delight in the scheme of this universe. It gives me a peace and a meaning of the mysteries of nature that I have no power to describe." - Gandhi
"Surely we could love each other as we love ourselves...
That's the main thing, isn't it?
That's it, nothing else...
Absolutely nothing else is necessary...
Do that and the way forward is clear, isn't it?
Well.... isn't it?
Alright, so its nothing but an old truth, repeated, said billions of times; but why hasn't it taken root then?
If only we all wanted it!
Then everything could begin again."
Extract from... "The Dream of the Ridiculous Man" -- By Fyodor Dostoyevsky