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The Peacetime Peace Dictionary


The Golden Rule may be expressed - "Do to others as you would wish others to do to you." The Golden Rule is a reiteration of the Commandment "Love your neighbour as yourself" a Moses given rule. Every Nation or person desires to be appreciated, to be valued and honoured, desires to be kindly and courteously treated, to be looked upon favourably for sins and wrong-doings and treated mercifully upon being found guilty of a wrong-doing.

The origins of the Golden Rule are lost in the mists of history but references to it can be found in Judaism, Confucius, Zoroastrianism, ancient Greek culture, Roman civilisation and Christianity.

Christianity brought the Golden Rule to a worldwide prominence as Christianity spread around the world. It was and is included in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew and Luke as "Whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them" (Matthew 7:12). "And as ye would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise." (Luke 6:31).

Fairness and justice ought to lead every person to the Golden Rule and any individual or nation who does not follow the Golden Rule is condemned not by others but by their own standards. If Universal Love were adopted and the Golden Rule applied, Peace would reign continuously.

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