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Shared belief in the "Golden Rule"
(a/k.a. Ethics of Reciprocity)
Celebration of "Golden Rule Day"

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Bible verse: Matthew 7:12 from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:

Amplified Bible:
So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you,
for this is [
the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets.

King James Version:

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you,
do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

New International Version:
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Living Bible:
Do for others what you want them to do for you.
This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.

(Words in bold are not in the original Bible translations.)

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A photoshopped "Golden Rule Bus"

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This bus image was altered to display "The Golden Rule" on its front.
The side of the bus was photoshopped to contain the upper part of
Scarboro Missions' Golden Rule poster, which is shown below

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Linking the Golden Rule to the "Sheep and Goats" passage, Matthew 25:32-46

golden rule poster

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A statement by Gautama Buddha:
He was the founder of Buddhism, which is the fifth largest religion
after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Chinese traditional religion:

"Resolve to be tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympatheitic with the striving.
and tolerant with the weak and wrong.
Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these." 3

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Statement by the Dalai Lama:

Statement by the Dalai Lama

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Comment by Fred Rogers (1928-2003), star of the TV program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood":

"The three secrets of happiness are: Be kind, be kind, and be kind."

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The core beliefs of every religion


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The Ethic of Reciprocity -- often called the Golden Rule -- simply states that all of us are to treat other people as we would wish other people to treat us in return.

On April 5 each year, the International Golden Rule Day is observed as a global virtual celebration. Before 2018's celebration, the web site announced:

"Join us on Thursday, April 5, for a 24-hour global virtual celebration of the Golden Rule; a universal principle shared by nearly all cultural, spiritual, religious, and secular traditions on Earth.

Over the course of 24 hours, people from many corners of the world will address “Why the Golden Rule Matters Now” as they share how people, organizations and governments can use this Common Principle to create a better world for everyone.

Join us and experience conversations, music, stories, and art inspired by the Golden Rule. Learn new ways to apply the Golden Rule in your life and community." 5

Almost all organized religions, philosophical systems, and secular systems of morality include 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 believers in the same religion or even to others in the same denomination, of the same gender, the same sexual orientation, etc.

Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,500 properties across 127 countries and territories. They promote the Golden Rule on their website, saying:

"We live by the #GoldenRule: Treating others like we’d like to be treated. It has always been our guiding principle."

Their web site includes stories of "GoldenRule moments." 6 They are well worth reading. One example is below.


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References used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. To see 53 English translations of this biblical verse from the original Greek, go to Bible Gateway at:
  2. The photoshopped image of the "Golden Rule Bus" was downloaded from Scarbora Missions's web site at Used by permission. It also was posted on the Golden Rule Poster, a Facebook Community on 2015-JUL-16. See:
  3. The source of this poster is unknown. I found it posted on a Facebook group.
  4. Posted by Ayurveda by Curejoy.
  5. "You're invited to the Worldwide Transmission of Golden Rule Day." Golden Rule Day, at:
  6. "We live by the #Golden Rule," Marriot International, Inc., 2017 at:

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