Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
His Golden Rule wasn't a bad heuristic.
Although it is not the only, nor the first, version—
1. Let no man do to another that which would be repugnant to himself. (Hindu, the Mahabharata
, circa 500 BCE)
2. That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn. (Rabbi Hillel; circa 60 BCE-20 CE)
3. Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Jesus: circa 4 BCE-29 CE; Luke 6:31.)
4. An it harm none, do as you will. (Wiccan Rede.)
I think the negative versions (“do not do” ) are an important counter-balance to the positive version (“do” ). Have you ever wanted to say to anyone, “Please stop doing to me?”
I also think that Jesus' "positive" version is a good counter-balance to the others.