The golden rule is hardly just Chris­tian

RE: Chris­tian­ity gave us the golden rule (May 10)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

In a round about way this writer im­plies the golden rule as some­how be­ing founded in Chris­tian re­li­gion. I would just ask that if they are go­ing to treat oth­ers as they would wish to be treated let’s start by be­ing in­formed and hon­est with the read­ers.

The golden rule ex­ists in vir­tu­ally every cul­ture and re­li­gion and has, in one form or other, been ar­tic­u­lated by many through­out his­tory. Con­fu­cius, born in 551 BC, an­nounced the rule sev­eral times. “What you do not like when done to your­self, do not to oth­ers.” Also, I would think that how you wish to be treated may not nec­es­sar­ily be what is in some­one else’s best in­ter­est. Golden rule is OK — but not nec­es­sar­ily per­fect. In any case, clearly the golden rule is hardly unique to Chris­tian faith. Brad Wi­der­man, Stoney Creek

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