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Ancient One 

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Unstable Molecule

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Subj: Re: Slightly OT but related...
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 at 06:55:45 pm EDT (Viewed 508 times)
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Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 at 10:46:46 am EDT (Viewed 544 times)

    Ancient One - you seem to be an authority on this (good on you - it's always a pleasure to see someone will a clear understanding of both the good and the bad in the Bible). Can you answer a question for me? I think a lot of people mistakenly believe that the Golden Rule comes from the Bible. I don't think it's in there. Can you confirm?

Black Guardian's spot on in his post below.

As to the question 'Does it come from the Bible'?, as in, 'Was Jesus the first one to say it'?, the answer is no.

The earliest known form of it is found in an Egyptian 'Middle Kingdom' period (2040 - 1650 BCE) story 'The Eloquent Peasant'. "Now this is the command: Do to the doer to make him do".

"Treat others as you treat yourself" appears in Indian tradition Mahābhārata Shānti-Parva 167:9, which *probably* dates to around 500 - 400 BCE

Confucius wrote "What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others." again around half a millennia before Jesus.

So, it's an idea which developed independently in many different cultures, as you'd expect it to. There are very good evolutionary reasons, all beneficial, for reciprocal behaviour.

    I try to live my life by the Golden Rule as opposed to the Bible. But then I've never been all that religious. I gave up my imaginary friends decades ago. ;\-\)

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