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!
dignity is unassailable. To respect it and to protect
it is the responsibility of every state authority.
Law for the Federal Republic of Germany,
Article 1 (1949)
human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should
act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 (1948)
Every human being must be treated humanely
Act in such
a way that you always use humankind, both in your person and in
the person of anyone else, at the same time as an end, never as
Dunant, founder of the Red Cross
In an age
in which people talk so much about progress and civilization,
is there not an urgent need, since unfortunately wars cannot always
be avoided, to insist that with a sense of true humanity and civilization
a way be sought at least to diminish their terrors to some degree?
for the supporters of a government, only for the members of one
party however numerous they may be is no freedom. Freedom
is always only freedom of the one who thinks otherwise.
towards some form of world organization is unmistakably present,
and nothing of this kind is possible without a strong dose of
secularized Christianity, without a new Bill of Rights, a basic
law of human rights and human decency binding on all, which universally
a minimum of respect for man made in Gods image.
Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Price
If we are
disposed towards humanity we are true to ourselves, in that we
are capable of being creative. If we are disposed towards inhumanity
we are untrue to ourselves, and thus exposed to all error.
of whether it appears in a religious or a humanist form, the idea
of humanity contains a duty to a shared responsibility.
Luther King, Nobel Peace Prize
I have a
that one day the sons of former slaves and the sons of
former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table
I have a dream that my four children will one
day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour
of their skin but by the content of their character.
Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize 1993
No one is
born to hating another person because of the colour of his skin,
or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate,
and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for
love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Even in the grimmest times in prison
I would see a glimmer
of humanity in one of the guards.
and the capacity to exterminate whole peoples are more widespread
today than ever. My aim, which I seek to achieve with music and
in my educational projects, has long been to work against this
evil by encouraging understanding between peoples, by strengthening
the feeling that we are all human beings and are dependent on
Towards a Global Ethic, Parlimanent
of the World's Religions, Chicago 1993
the face of all inhumanity our religions and ethical convictions
demand that every human being must be treated humanely.
This means that every human being without distinction
of age, sex, race, skin colour, physical or mental ability,
language, religion, political view, or national or social
origin possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
And everyone, the individual as well as the state, is
therefore obliged to honour this dignity and protect it.