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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!



Have respect for life!

In the great ancient religious and ethical traditions of humankind, we find the directive: You shall not kill! Or in positive terms: Have respect for life!

Let us reflect anew on the consequences of this ancient directive:

All people have a right to life, safety and the free development of personality in so far as they do not injure the rights of others.
No one has the right physically or psychically to torture, injure, much less kill, any other human being.
And no people, no state, no race, no religion has the right to hate, to discriminate against, to ’cleanse‘, to exile, much less to liquidate a ’foreign‘ minority which is different.

Let no one be deceived:
There is no survival for humanity without global peace!
Young people must learn at home and in school that violence may not be a means of settling differences with others.
Only thus can a culture of non-violence be created.

From the ‘Declaration Toward a Global Ethic’
of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago 1993.

Media quotes

Sharp rise in attacks on hospital staff. Shocking figures show that there has been a 217 % average increase.
Glasgow Herald

Concern over huge rise in classroom violence. Attacks on teachers rose by more than 50 per cent last year.

Apocalypse soon for half of wildlife. Global warming will destroy almost a third of plant and animal habitats by the end of this century.
Glasgow Herald

Violence at home is worst peril for women. Up to 5.7 million incidents of domestic violence occur every year.

The railway children who dice with death. Vandalism and trespass are biggest threat to rail safety.

Grim reality of e-stalking. Internet intimidation is coming to a home near you.
Glasgow Herald

Violence rising at football grounds. Affray, missile throwing and violent disorder were all up.
Daily Telegraph

Jailed for life at 12. A 12-year-old boy has been given life for beating a girl of 6 to death.
Daily Mirror

Fuelling Africa’s Wars. War is spreading from Sierra Leone to Ghana. Traders, profiting in arms, diamonds and oil, help to keep West African wars going.

Tide of cruelty sweeps through our care homes. They should be safe havens, but one in ten hide stories of violence.


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