A Covenant of Compassion Across Faiths

“Whenever a person breaks a stick in the forest, let him consider what it would feel like if it were himself who was thus broken.”

Yoruba Proverb African Traditional (Nigeria)


“He should not wish for others what he does not wish for himself.”

Baha’u’llah (BAHA’I)


“Is there a deed, Rahula, thou dost wish to do?  Then bethink thee thus:  Is this deed conducive to my own harm, or to others harm, or to that of both?  Then is this a bad deed entailing suffering.  Such a deed must thou surely not do.”

Majjhima Nikaya 1.415 (BUDDHISM)


“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets.”

-Bible, Matthew 7:12 (CHRISTIANITY)


“One word which sums up the basis for all good conduct///loving kindness.  Do not do unto others what you would not want done to yourself.”

Analects of Confucius 15.23 (CONFUCIANISM)


“Wound not others, do no one injury by thought or deed, utter no word to pain thy fellow creatures.”

-The Ordinances of Manu (HINDUISM)


“Additionally, the Prophet Muhammad said there is no excuse for committing unjust acts: “Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them.  Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil.”

-Al-Tirmidhi (ISLAM)

“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard own own self.”

-Lord Mahavir 24th Tirthankara (JAINISM)


“Take heed to thyself, my child, in all thy works; and be discreet in all thy behavior.  And what thou thyself hatest, do to no man.”

-Tobit 4.14-15 (JUDAISM)


“Do not wrong or hate your neighbor.  For it is not he who you wrong, but yourself.”

-Pima proverb (NATIVE AMERICAN)


“We obtain salvation by loving our fellow man and God.”

-Granth Japji (SIKHISM)


“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”

-Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien (TAOISM)


“We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

-Unitarian Universalism Principles (UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM)