As an addition to my previous post Doing the Right Thing, where I was asking if doing the right thing feels so good why don’t we do it more often (?), I’d like to add that doing the right thing doesn’t only involve giving money to needy people.
Doing the right thing comes down to the simplest of things like letting a car merge into your lane, holding a door for a person or even just smiling ‘hello’ to someone. This not only costs nothing to make you feel great but will make a world of difference and if everybody applies the same simple Golden Rule it will make the world a different place.
This Golden Rule will sound familiar:
BRAHMANISM: This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:517)
BUDDHISM: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (Udana-Varga 5:18)
CONFUCIANISM: Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. (Analects 15:23)
TAOISM: Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss. (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)
ZOROASTRIANISM: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-I-dinik 94:5)
JUDAISM: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman, That is the entire las; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
CHRISTIANITY: All things whatsoever ye would that man should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the Law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
ISLAM: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. (Sunnah)
No matter what your religion, culture or theology, we’ve all been given the key to happiness, now it’s a matter of agreeing to apply it!
It starts with you…pass it on!