.Humanitarian Resource Institute:  A U.S. & International Resource on the Scope of Humanitarian Assistance


August 3, 2001

Contact: Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center
Eastern USA: (203) 668-0282  Western USA: (775) 884-4680
International Peace Center: http://www.humanitarian.net/peace
Email: s.m.apatow@humanitarian.net


The International Peace Center (IPC) is a collaborative initiative to share information and enhance academic discussion of issues related to Crisis Management/Intervention and the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states, with emphasis on policy research and development.

In the light of the current escalation of violence in the Middle East, and recent statement from the Israeli army's chief spokesman, invoking Jewish religious teachings as the basis for targeted assassinations points to the significant need for an international refocus on the foundational teachings of the mainstream religions directly involved with the conflicts.

At the center of this discussion is the Golden Rule Principle which is endorsed by all the great world religions and is best interpreted as saying: "Treat others only in ways that you're willing to be treated in the same exact situation." To apply it, you'd imagine yourself in the exact place of the other person on the receiving end of the action. If you act in a given way toward another, and yet are unwilling to be treated that way in the same circumstances, then you violate the rule.

The golden rule, with roots in a wide range of world cultures, is well suited to be a standard to which different cultures could appeal in resolving conflicts. As the world becomes more and more a single interacting global community, the need for such a
common standard is becoming more urgent. (Gensler, Blackwell Dictionary of Business Ethics)

In the light of growing international conflicts, Humanitarian Resource Institute is making an international appeal for religious leaders, government officials and members of negotiating teams to refocus on "The Golden Rule Principle," as the most significant objective for conflict resolution.

The Golden Rule Principle as endorsed by all the great world religions:

Christianity: "So in everything, do to others, what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets" -- New Testament: MT 7:12 NIV

Buddhism: Treat not others in ways that yourself would find hurtful.-- Udana-Varga 5.18

Baha'i: 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

Confucianism: One word which sums up the basis for all good conduct...loving kindness. Do not do to others what you would not want done to yourself. -- Confucius Analects 15:23

Hinduism: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. -- Mahabharata 5:1517

Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.  -- The Prophet Mohammed, Hadith

Judaism:  What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole torah; all the rest is commentary.  -- Hillel, Talmad, Shabbat 31a

Native Spirituality: We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive. -- Chief Dan George

 Janism: One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. -- Mahavira, Sutravitanga

Sikhism:  I am no stranger to no one; an no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. -- Guru Granth Sahib, pg.1299

Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain, and your neighbors loss as your own loss.--  T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218

Unitarianism: We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent of all existence of which we are a part.  -- Unitarian principle

Zoroastrianism: Do not unto others what is injurious to yourself. -- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29


Humanitarian Resource Institute is working on the assembly of an intervention team that would be directly involved with peace negotiations, educational initiatives and interfaith discussions to promote the grass roots support of the Golden Rule based objective for international stability.

For additional information on the Humanitarian Resource Institute International Peace Center, visit:  http://www.humanitarian.net/peace


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