A close look at the world’s sacred traditions reveals a common thread of unity running throughout their core. This common thread is most evident in the Golden Rule, a universal expression at the heart of all spiritual truth, the most basic human value, and a basis for the principle of interconnectedness. It is known, understood, and accepted worldwide as an essential ethical and moral injunction.
But only as we look at the various expressions of the Golden Rule chronologically does it become evident that it is even about justice. Among the first expressions were, from the Hindu tradition, “This is the sum of duty: do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you;” and, from the Jewish faith, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.”
Later expressions were, from the Buddhist tradition: “Hurt not others in ways you yourself would find hurtful;” from the Christian faith: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you;” and, from the faith of Islam: “Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
These are all core spiritual, ethical, and moral injunctions, but not until the most recent Revelation, from the Baha’i Faith, is it clear what the real context of the Golden Rule is: “If thine eyes be turned towards justice, choose thou for thy neighbor that which thou choosest for thyself.” The Golden Rule is justice in action.