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This poster is on the door going in and out of my house. “The Golden Rule” overlays Earth in the centre and related texts of thirteen of the world’s faith traditions surround it. I bought it when I was in Toronto for five days at the Kalachakra conducted by the Dalai Lama in April 2004. It has been hanging on this door for 12 years, and in all that time it has never once slipped, needed more tape, or ripped despite it being passed thousands of times and probably jostled hundreds of times with armloads of groceries, luggage, hockey bags and the like.

Several years ago I was at talk by Wayne Dyer. He was speaking about the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi that hangs in his house. He said by just walking by a powerful message, you absorb its energy. The Golden Rule poster hangs in the most prominent and frequently passed place in my house; we walk by it every time we sit down to eat, and everyone coming into and going out of the house is in close contact. It has been there for so long that I often don’t consciously notice it. But I was drawn to read it yesterday. Starting from the top and moving clockwise:

Buddhism: Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful  —The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

Confucianism: One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct … loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself  —Confucius, Analects 15.23

Taoism: Regard your neighbour’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbour’s loss as your own loss  —Lao Tzu, T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218

Sikhism: I am a stranger to no one: and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all  —Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299

Christianity: In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets  —Jesus, Matthew 7:12

Unitarianism: We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part  —Unitarian principle

 Native Spirituality: We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive  —Chief Dan George

 Zoroastrianism: Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself  —Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

Jainism: One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated  —Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary  —Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself  —The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Baha’i Faith: 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  —Baha’u’llah, Gleanings

Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you  —Mahabharata 5:1517