The Golden Rule

Lesson 1: Topic 9 of 19

Townsend and Davis, in their their fundamental Principles of Health Care Administration, wrote that all business ethics could be summed up in the Golden Rule. In case you’re unfamiliar with that phrase, here are a few of the ways it has been articulated across time and cultures: 

Baha’i: “And if thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.” (Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, 21-40)

Christianity: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do unto you.” (Jesus, in Matthew 7:12)

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Islam: “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (#13 of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths

Jainism: “A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated.” (Sutrakritanga 1.11.33)
Those four come from religious sources. But the Golden Rule was also espoused by ancient Chinese and Greek secular philosophers (Confucius, Seneca, Isocrates, and Herodotus, among others) as well as modern-day Humanists. So we can conclude that the Golden Rule is not an exclusively religious concept.