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5.9.19   5:00 AM

The tragic shooting in Colorado once again affirms that segments of our society are having serious issues coping with life in a positive way. The thing that bothers me is, we all understand that life by its own nature is not easy, that it oft times demands much from us in the form of kindness and understanding. Yet time and time again, evidence of the metastasized hatred that the founding fathers refused to face and those who followed, and feared to stand in defiance, continues to erode society.

I have often said that humanity would be better served if we looked at the Ten Commandments from a way to live life, rather than a way to assure a way into heaven. I firmly believe that we would live healthier, longer lives if we:

  1. You shall have no other gods before God.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Iba”s character reveal speaks to the Colorado shooting tragic experience, and I often feel as she, when confronted by these senseless events.

My heart and prayers go out to all those that have lost loved ones, or suffered through such violence.

And if ten easy things are too hard, how about starting with one common one:

 

Aboriginal:

We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

-Chief Dan George

Islam:

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.

-The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

Jainism:

One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Bahal's Faith:

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.

-Baha'u'llah, Gleanings

Buddhism: 

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

-The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

Judaism:

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. this is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.

-Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

Sikhism:

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

Christianity: 

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law of the prophets.

-Jesus, Mathew 7:12

Confucianism:

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

Taoism:

Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

-Tai Shang Kan Ying Pien, 213-218

Zoroastrianism:

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. 

-Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

Hinduism

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you...

-Mahabharata 5:1517

Various belief text compiled by the Temple of Understanding.

 

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