Expanding Horizons by James A. Long

Copyright © 1965 by Theosophical University Press. All rights reserved.

The Golden Rule

The great religions all teach the priority of spiritual over material riches. They all teach the worth of the individual and his capacity to grow nearer to God. And they all agree on the principle of unity, the unity of the universe, the unity of the human family. To this unity all men are taught that they belong. To help make progress toward it is a personal contribution that must come from each of us. — Edward R. Murrow

The strong souls coming to birth these days are storming the barriers of doctrinal theology. Many of them will join the great number of the "unchurched" who, while not adhering to any denominational regimen, are yet not to be classed as "atheists," but rather as those who prefer to find their God in the quiet of their own souls. For out of the heart come the issues of life, and when men and women everywhere seriously try to penetrate to the roots of spiritual issues, the quality of their faith will outdistance the patterned 'faith' of creeds. Despite diversities, we all share a common heritage, as instanced in the universal expression of the Golden Rule — a spiritual courtesy whose guidance could greatly diminish the ills of our civilization:

American Indian:

Buddhism:

Christianity:

Confucianism:

Greek Philosophy:

Hinduism:

Islam:

Judaism,:

Zoroastrianism:

When a sufficient number of liberated thinkers give open expression to their innermost beliefs, we shall find that the brotherhood of thought now in process will provide such a bulwark of spiritual strength that no storms of national differences will prevail, and emancipation from separatism will be assured.


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