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The demand to treat others as I want to be treated is dangerous.

Because if I would believe corporal punishment, the death penalty, or genital mutilation being rightful, for example, then the application of the Golden Rule in most major religions would allow me to apply these habits to others, even if they would object.

So in essence only the Golden Rule as formulated by Taoism, Sikhism, Unitarianism, and Native Spirituality offer universal respect for the wellbeing of others, including plants and animals. []


The Seven Deadly Sins

  1. Pride is excessive belief in one's own abilities, that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity.
  2. Envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation.
  3. Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.
  4. Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
  5. Anger is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath.
  6. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness.
  7. Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
Source: http://deadlysins.com/sins/index.htm

HINDUISM: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you ..." [questionable - see advice at the bottom of this page]
BUDDHISM: "Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful" "[questionable]
BAHA'I: "Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself ..." [questionable]
CONFUCIANISM:"One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct... loving kindness. Do not to others what you do not want done to yourself ..." [questionable]
TAOISM: "Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss as your own loss. ..." [Good, universally applicable.]
ISLAM: "Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself ..." [questionable]
CHRISTIANITY: "In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets ..." [questionable]
UNITARIANISM: "We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part ..." [Good, universally applicable.]
ZOROASTRIANISM: "Do not onto others whatever is injurious to yourself ..." [questionable]
JAINSIM: "One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated ..." [questionable]
JUDAISM: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary ..." [questionable]
SIKHISM: "I am a stranger to no one; and not one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all ..." [Good, universally applicable.]
NATIVE SPIRITUALITY: "We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive ..." [Good, universally applicable.]
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