The translations are arranged in a meaningful pattern on the
bear. They intersect but don’t interfere - each translation is
readable! That is also part of the “Golden Rule” – not to be afraid
of contact but at the same time to leave the other person enough
room for self-fulfilment and not to be in his or her way.
You can find the “Golden Rule“ in the Sacred Texts of all world
religions. (Please read the original quotations at the end of these
explanations concerning this rule.)
The “Golden Rule” can also be seen as totally separate from any
religious ties – as a logical consequence of the needs every
human being has.
If I want to be respected,
if I want people to be friendly to me, and
if I need help every now and again –
how can these expectations be fulfilled if I don’t expect
exactly the same of myself?
But reality is often very different!
Why is this very simple rule neglected so often?
The answers are so manifold that they cannot be given here.
What is more important is to ask:
“What can we do to make this rule take precedence
in our world?”
The answer is very simple:
We have to start with ourselves. We must think about the Golden Rule and practice it in our daily lives!
Take friendliness for example: Try to treat EVERYONE
in a friendly manner. The friendlier you are to every person you
meet in your daily life,
the more this friendliness comes back like a boomerang.
The logic of the old saying “You get as much as you give”
can be experienced on a daily basis when it comes
to friendly interaction with other people.
• considerate behaviour in traffic
• listening and giving the other person a chance to speak
• not treating people who are strangers differently because of
the way they look and behave
This leads us back to the basic principle of the
“UNITED BUDDY BEARS.”
We have to start with the upbringing and education of the next
generation. That’s where we should lay the foundation for a new
generation that internalises this thought; sees it as
The “Golden Rule” sounds so banal that hardly anybody honestly
considers how far-reaching this simple principle of interaction is.
I’m pointing this out so fervently because I’m convinced that
there is a lot of unused potential for all of us to include this way
of thinking into our daily lives together.
In order to educate the next generation
it is important that we start with our own story.
Because there is more to it than we’ve told our children -
which rules and norms we have passed on them –
the way we live as a example for them is much more important!
The potential to realize a form of education
that is described above is often not used to its full extent
in educational institutions, i.e. in the kindergarten or in schools.
The “UNITED BUDDY BEARS” are very suitable for discussions
with children about their behaviour, not only towards people from
all over the world, but with those in their own communities.
What I’m aiming at is that
whenever children see a Buddy Bear
(as a sculpture, a self-painted picture, on a poster or a photo)
they will subconsciously take it as a reminder to practice
a way of living according to the “Golden Rule.”
Both children and adults can take an example from
international superstar Jackie Chan.
Jackie, who demonstrates this kind of behaviour in his daily life,
was instrumental in bringing the United Buddy Bears to
Hong Kong, their first stop on their world tour in Asia.
Children can get informed about his activities
at the Kid’s Corner of his website –
for having read such a long text on the Internet.
(My children keep on telling me nobody would read long texts on the Internet –
please tell me your opinion concerning this topic.)
Here are some of the translations of the Golden Rule…
... and the original quotations shown at the back of the
"Global Ethic Bear":
This is the sum of duty: do nothing to others which would cause you pain if
done to you.
Mahabharata XIII, 114,8
A person should treat all creatures as he himself would be treated.
Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.
Confucius talks 15,23
A state that is not pleasant or delightful to me must be so for him also; and
a state which is not pleasant or delightful for me, how could I inflict that on
Samyutta Nikaya V, 353.35 – 354.2
Do not do to others what you want them to do to you.
Rabbi Hillel, Sabbat 31 a
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.
St. Matthew 7,12; St. Luke 6,31
None of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
40 Hadithe (The Book of Muhammad) by an-Nawawi 13
The webmaster of Jackie Chan's Kid's Corner found an even
bigger collection of quotations:
The Golden Rule in Thirteen Sacred Texts
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.
Chief Dan George
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you,
and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.1
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you;
for this is the law and the prophets.
Jesus, Matthew 7:12
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct....loving-kindness.
Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.
Confucius, Analects 15.23
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if
done to you.
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others
what you wish for yourself.
The Prophet Muhammad, 13th of the 40 Hadiths of Nawawi
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole
Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.
Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.
Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain and your neighbour's loss
as your own loss.
Lao Tzu, T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence
of which we are a part.
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
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