is the Global Ethic?
is the Golden Rule?
Golden Rule in world religions
be treated humanely
respect for life!
honestly and fairly!
and act truthfully!
and love one another!
There is a principle which is found
and has persisted in many religious and ethical traditions of humankind for
thousands of years: What you do not wish done to yourself, do not do to
in positive terms: What you wish done to yourself, do to others! This should
the irrevocable, unconditional norm for all areas of life, for families and
communities, for races, nations, and religions.
the Declaration Toward
a Global Ethic of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions,
is the Golden Rule?
Rule is the most fundamental common ethical denominator of
all religious and non-religious belief systems on Earth. Although
profound in meaning, it can be easily understood because its message
Treat others as you would like to be treated
Do not treat others as you would not like to be
This is the
basic law of peaceful human co-existence and can, therefore, be
characterized as the mother of ethics of humankind.
As a matter
of fact, the Golden Rule is found in the holy scriptures
of all major religions and faiths in different words
but with the same divine meaning.
Rule is not only laid down in the basic texts of all world
religions but also in the main non-religious philosophical theories
where it is often referred to as the principle of reciprocity.
The famous German philosopher Immanuel Kant once called the Golden
Rule the categorical imperative of humane co-existence
As the Golden
Rule is found in virtually every important religious and non-religious
belief system throughout human history all over the Earth, it
seems to be the basic law or constitution for humankind.
any doubt, the Golden Rule is the fundamental ethical standard
on Earth. All other precepts derive from it, for example:
respect for all life, or You shall not kill.
you do not want others to kill you, therefore you should
not kill others.
Deal honestly and
fairly, or You shall not steal.
you do not want others to steal your belongings, therefore
you should not steal their belongings.
and act truthfully, or You shall not lie.
you do not want others to lie to you, therefore you should
not lie to others.
and love one another, or You shall not commit sexual
you do not want others to take your wife/husband, therefore
you should not take the wife/ husband of another.
There are many other
moral values and ethical standards which are shared by all faiths and belief
systems, like the respect for human rights (i.e. every human being must be
treated humanely), love and compassion, justice, caring and sharing, environment
(nature) protection, honesty, integrity, accountability, etc.
Let us try to
make the Golden Rule and the many other common ethical
standards and shared moral values to be accepted as the global
ethic of humankind by as many people as possible!
if the great majority of people practise the Golden Rule,
we would definitely live in a better and much more peaceful and
just world. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we start
to educate our children about the Golden Rule and other common
do this not only in our families but also in the public school
system. This means that education about the Golden Rule,
shared moral values and common ethical standards should become
an integral part of the curricula of kindergartens and primary
and secondary schools all over the world.
such an education would be an education for peace peace
in the family, peace in the community, peace in the country and
peace among nations. Such an education would be a peaceful but
forceful weapon against the spread of extremism on all sides.