Shared belief in the "Golden Rule"
(a/k.a. Ethics of Reciprocity)
Dalai Lama:"Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On
these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal."
Origin unkown: The Law of One: "We are all one. When one is harmed, all are harmed. When one is helped, all are healed"
The Ethic of Reciprocity -- often called the Golden Rule in Christianity -- simply states that we are to treat other people as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
Almost all organized religions have such an ethic. It is normally intended to apply to the entire human race. Unfortunately, it is too often applied by some people only to fellow believers.
CoNexus Multifaith Media and Paul McKena have published "Guidelines for Golden Rule Workshop."
It can be downloaded from the Scarboro Missions web site, and may be reproduced subject to
restrictions. A Golden Rule poster is also available. See:
Scarboro Missions in Ontario Canada have a large section on their web site devoted to the Golden Rule. Featured topics include:
The Golden Rule poster which shows excerpts from the sacred writings of 13 religions
that promote the rule. It is 22" x 29" (56 x 74 cm).
Excerpts from the sacred writings of 13 religions in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
Resources for group discussions.
The Golden Rule and the environment.
Scarboro Missions has arranged with Zazzle.com to sell T-shirts featuring the Golden Rule poster. See: http://www.zazzle.com/