Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Golden Rule/ Ethics of Reciprocity a simple means to exercise some humanity

The Golden Rule... how many people are aware of it?

It is like the common sense rule for all of humanity. You don't have to follow any religion to practice it, you just do it.
For example, ever notice if you smile at people...they smile at you?
If you say "hello". People reply "hello".
They may be thinking who the hell is that, but, it doesn't really matter. They will still reply, seriously try it.

Today, we went out for a little stroll. As we walked along another couple met us on the path.
We exchanged best wishes for a happy new year. Did we know them? Nope!
Does it matter? Nope!
But there it was: The Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have done to you)

If that is to religious for you, I understand, it does sound a bit like something a deity would lay down for the followers...

So let's use the ethic of reciprocity instead.. what is reciprocity?

Check a dictionary and it says "reciprocity is the state of being reciprocal" So what is reciprocal??
This is getting wordy and definition oriented isn't it?
But, hey we gotta know what it is we speak of right?
Reciprocal: Shared, felt or shown by both sides.

Like the big purple dinosaur: "I love you, You love me" etc. etc. etc. (but without the creepiness)
So the Golden Rule (heavy religious overtones aside) and the ethics of reciprocity are the same. They simply mean doing unto others as you would have them do to you.

Maybe this is a good way for humans to begin a much needed change?

And the beauty of this? Getting back to the heavy religious overtone version.
The Golden Rule is found in all the religions! It is a great uniting stance!!
Just read on. Forget about all the differences in the religions of the world. Focus on the similarities... and the golden rule is there.

  • "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." Matthew 7:12, King James Version.
  • "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Number 13 of Imam "Al-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths." 5

  • "...a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?" Samyutta NIkaya v. 353
    • This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. Mahabharata 5:1517
  • "What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary." Talmud, Shabbat 31a.

You can look here for more religions that share this common moral value.


  1. Well I'm just glad that the link managed to squeese Wicca in there somewhere down at the end. Third from the bottom no less.

  2. hey silverfish

    and what does the wicca version say?

    It's quite simple and lovely

    Wicca: "An it harm no one, do what thou wilt" (i.e. do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody, including yourself)

    when reading through that list, boy it got me thinking, how religion is used for such abuse, to justify so much terror.

    Yet through all the religions runs this one common theme- forgotten.

  3. Yep, I guess it's cus we is such simple folk, can't seem tuh keep more than one golden rule in play at a time, don't Yuh know.

    Oh and by the by I really hope that you didn't mean that I should harm Nobody or Myself, as that would just be Sooooo uncool.

    All seriousness aside.
    The one thing that is seldom mentioned about Wiccans is that we have Sooooo many holidays, Wicca and Witchcraft is not just about casting spells and working magick which you can take or leave as you wish, it is also a wonderful life Living religion and a continuous celebration of all aspects of Nature. Wiccans celebrate 21 festivals (or rituals) each year. The 8 main festivals are solar celebrations called “Sabbats”, marking the sun’s annual cycle. The other 13 festivals are the lunar “Full Moon” celebrations called “Esbats”, when Witches, Wiccans gather together in small groups (covens) to celebrate that which has made us.

    Just got through with the Yule thingy, so will just be mooning around till the next one on February second. Yeehaw we shonuff duz like to party, an Yuh kin’t say that about to many other religions.

    The funniest part is the look on the faces of Jehovah’s witnesses and Baptists when they show up on one of their recruiting drives and I tell them no thanks we’re WITCHES.

    Now lets see where did I leave my broom an me pointy hat?

  4. no I don't mean for you to harm 'nobody', anybody, somebody or yourself for that matter.

    I liked it cause it was , short lovely and to the point.

    btw: I will consider telling Jehovah's witness's that, I am wiccan, and also we get the mormons 'church of latter day saints' around here.

    they are as annoying as mosquitos in the summer....

    but , telling them that should be a quick way to rid oneself of such pests

  5. Sorry I missed this one somehow. As for -
    "do what ever you will, as long as it harms nobody"

    The story of my life! No wonder I'm so constantly beset. They're all out to get me!

    Otherwise mate, I think you're on a bit of a soft wicket here (Do Canadians play cricket? If not, they should). The Buddhism I'm into was inspired by a book Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen. In it he points out the shortcomings of the golden rule. What if the fellow you're talking to is a violent sado/masochist? I remember a conversation I had with a bouncer who stopped in at the martial arts school I was at. He said he liked it when people hit him the face. He liked fighting and a smack in the nose was just the ticket to get him revved up.

    And there's something in the Talmud that isn't about fucking over the goyim? Wow. You would only have to turn the page to find endless discussions of the rightness of raping goyim kids, lying to goyim, stealing their shit, etc etc. I suspect that 'fellow man' here means 'fellow Jew'. For Talmudist Jews goyim aren't actually considered human.

    To a certain extent I'm not a fan of the equivalence of religions. Some have a lot to be said for them and some are perfectly wicked enterprises.

  6. And when the Jehovah's Witnesses come to my door I always tell them that I'm not interested in any Jewish sects. That really confuses the shit out of them. Not least because they all think I said 'sex', ha ha.

  7. Now, it's reassuring to see that somethings never change, antisemitic jerkoffs (i.e. "nobody")
    who know squatt about the Talmud but claim how it's full of evil deeds against the goyim , will never be convinced otherwise, it's
    just part of their mindset. Sad.
    Good luck with that.

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  9. To everyone, if the sado/killer does you wrong, you still do not reciprocate with wrong to them as you will just be the same as them. Thats all.

    Modern rule says you report it to the authorities, instead of taking matters into your own hands

    But in religion's purest and simplest form, sin is advocated by the devil. If you retaliate, you accumulate sin. Which you will pay for in life after death.