The Golden Rule is expressed in the teachings of Jesus as:

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

Many religions and great teachers express this positive reciprocal responsibility in slightly different ways. There is also a negative way of expressing a similar concept – “the silver rule”: “One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated”.

2009 was the International Year of Reconciliation. Religious Leaders of Ethiopia proclaimed April 5th as the Golden Rule Day. Ambassador Mussie Hailu was the chairman of the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative and the representative of United Religions Initiative to the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa. He had Golden Rule Day endorsed by the United Nations. It is now recognized by numerous organisations around the world.

How might our lives be different if the Golden Rule was lived… individually,… in community,… parish,… denomination,… city,… nation,… world,…

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