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The Idea

This final principle is a very old one. Interestingly, it is also common to a number of the world's major religions. For example, you might know of the Talmud, the 20-volume work that can be thought of as an encyclopedia of Judaism. The Talmud tells the story of a Gentile who comes to a rabbi and asks to be taught all of Judaism while standing on one foot. One of the rabbi's students has the man driven from the rabbi's door, taking the question to be impertinent or mocking. Unperturbed, the rabbi replies, “What is offensive to you, do not do to others. That is the core of Judaism. The rest is commentary. Now carry on your studies” [1].

Buddhism also has a view on this principle. The Dalai Lama says that empathy is important not only as a means of enhancing compassion, but that when you're having trouble dealing with others, it's extremely helpful to be able to try to put yourself in the other person's place and see how you would react to the same situation [2]. Finally, the notion of “do as you would be done to” is widely known in the Christian faith.


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