Green Rule: Ecological Wisdom from Faith Traditions

27 03 2009

The Green Rule is not technically a set of “rules” but rather a collection of sayings, some didactic, others more metaphoric, drawn from the great sacred teachings of the world’s religions and spiritual traditions that express the sacredness of creation and humanity’s interconnectedness with it. Faith & the Common Good derived the Green Rule concept from the classic Golden Rule that is found in the major faith traditions. In Christianity, for example, the Golden Rule is “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” In Hinduism; “Do not do to others what would cause pain to you.” In Islam, “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” And so it goes in many faiths.

For the Green Rule we are paraphrasing the Golden Rule by saying: “Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.” We have looked to the same sacred teachings of many of the world’s spiritual traditions to reveal similar expressions of concern, only in choosing our quotes we have extended the plea for compassion to include all of our neighbours: human beings, animals, birds, trees…

 

 

 

 

Source: The Green Rule: Ecological Wisdom from Faith Traditions

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