OK. The sayings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and even Ronald Reagan about civil society mean little to you.
So, hear the words of Jesus, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31) and “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:31).
Our schools used to teach this concept to children as the “golden rule.” It is the moral law, the rock, upon which civil society and, indeed, civilization are built.
It can be found in all major religions and enlightened philosophies:
“What is hateful to you do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law: all the rest is commentary. Go and study it.”– Talmud, Shabbat.
“This is the sum of duty (Law): Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.” – Mahabharata 5:1517.
“Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” – Analects 15:23.
“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” – Udana-Varga 5:18.
“We should behave to our friends as we would have our friends behave to us.” – Nicomachaen Ethics.
“Do ye enjoin Right Conduct on the people and forget (to practice it) yourselves. And yet you study the scripture? (Law). Will ye not understand?” – Al-Qur’an 2:44.
“No one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” – Second Treatise of Government.
“So act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end withal, never as means only.” – Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals.
These quotations span from 1250 BC to 1795 AD. They represent Judaism, Hinduism, Confucius, Buddhism, Aristotle, Islam, John Locke, and Immanuel Kant, in that order.
They are timeless, transcendent teachings all should hear and obey. They apply to each of us individually, to our families and associations, our businesses, and to our politics and government.
Yes, our politics.
Hateful messages spewed by the “aginers” in both parties are uncivil, irreligious, and immoral. To be clear, they are un-Christian and profane the golden rule.
They are also unpatriotic.
Even a novice student of our Constitution knows it represents mankind’s best effort, so far, to incorporate moral law into government.
Right after Jesus preached the golden rule to his disciples, he said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock…But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” – Matthew 7:34-36.
Hateful aginers build on sand. Wise patriots build on rock.
Bill Crawford is a syndicated columnist from Meridian (firstname.lastname@example.org)