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What is the Global Ethic?
What is the Golden Rule?
The Golden Rule in world religions
Every human being
must be treated humanely
Have respect for life!
Deal honestly and fairly!
Speak and act truthfully!
Respect and love one another!

Human dignity is unassailable. To respect it and to protect it is the responsibility of every state authority.

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany,
Article 1 (1949)

All 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.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1 (1948)




Every human being must be treated humanely

Immanuel Kant, philosopher

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 a means.

Henry 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?

Rosa Luxemburg, politician

Freedom only 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.

Thomas Mann, writer

The tendency 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 guarantees … a minimum of respect for man made in God’s image.

Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Price 1952

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.

Hannah Arendt, philosopher

Regardless of whether it appears in a religious or a humanist form, the idea of humanity contains a duty to a shared responsibility.

Martin Luther King, Nobel Peace Prize 1964

I have a dream … 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 of brotherhood … 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.

Nelson 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.

Yehudi Menuhin, musician

The will 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 one another..

Declaration Towards a Global Ethic, Parlimanent
of the World's Religions, Chicago 1993

In 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.


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