Golden Rule Without God

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "An evolving vote," Opinion, May 13

Many Christians believe that the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," originates in the Bible. They are wrong. The 4,000-year old Hindu Anusasana Parva says, "One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self." Similar statements are found worldwide.

The nonsectarian, worldwide golden rule precedes all modern religions, providing a window into an antiquity when behavioral rules were not backed by a god's will. We absorb our human nature from other humans. Whatever helps us tolerate one another helps us survive in a dangerous world.

The golden rule is an ancient tool for mutual survival.

Chuck Almdale

North Hills

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  • http://twitter.com/JPJABBER JUDI

    But...but....if  it doesn't come from the BIBLE..........
    All those other "religions" are an abomination....Fox said so....

  • anon

    For anyone  who is interested - go to the website Worldview Times, where you can read the mormon plan for america, there is an oath of vengeance against this country that all prophets must take (Mitt is a mormon prophet).  You will learn something!!!