Golden Rule Without God


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