Finding the same pearls of wisdom from different cultures and from different time periods leads one to believe that they are a reflection of truth. Take four quotes from different time periods and different cultures listed below and show how they interrelate to lead to a statement of truth( in your own words) that would direct both a person and a society to live a life of integrity (virtue). Socrates and Plato would argue that finding truth leads to living that truth and thus the development of virtues both individually and as a society. You can use examples from personal experience or observations to support your premise. You may want to do some research. Note that each one has a different focus. Yet, the different focus leads to the same place. If you follow the quote your actions will lead to a similar virtue. If society follows the quote, society will be acting in the same way as the individual. Loving, wishing, hating, and respecting can lead us to a similar virtue.
Bible: Matthew 7:12. â€œDo unto others as you would have them do unto youâ€.
Bahai: Epistole to the Sun of the Wolf. â€œAnd if thy eyes be turned to justice, choose then for thy neighbors that which then thou choosest for thyself.â€
Buddhism: Udana-Varga 5:18. â€œHurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.â€
Samyutta nikaya v 353 â€œA state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?â€
Confucianism: Doctrine of the Mean. Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.
Anttalects 15:23 â€œWhat I do not wish men to do to me, I do not wish to do to men.â€
Ancient Egyptian: Tale of the Eloquent Pheasant. â€Do for one who may do for you, that you may cause him then to do. â€œ
Hindu: Mahabharata 5: 15-17. â€œThis is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.â€
Native American: Great Law of Peace. â€œRespect for all life is the foundation.â€
Prima Proverb. â€œDo not wrong your neighbor. Foe it is not he who you wrong but yourself. â€œ
Black Elk. â€œAll things are our relatives, what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All are really one.â€
Islam: 13 of Imam Al-Nawawiâ€™s Porty Hadith. â€œNone of you believes until he wishes for his brothers what he wishes for himselfâ€
Judaism: Leviticus 19:18 â€œ Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyselfâ€
Tobit 4:15 â€œ And what you hate, do not do to anyoneâ€