One way to make progress toward world peace is to gather folks on the same wavelength and then amplify the unification by recruiting new members. The world population is too large to attempt to change basic sincere beliefs of which we may not individually agree, but we could establish a common code by which we can all agree and use it to progress toward a better world. The code should be independent of race, religion, and sex. The code should magnify love, friendship, compassion, honesty, and tolerance. This group believes that our code has two basic rules (hence the name DUO and also stands for Do Unto Others) and that those who follow them are good people. The second rule is a vital part of the first rule that needs more emphasis. The DUO rules are:
The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This rule assumes that you are a normal soul that wants people to be kind, considerate, and respectful toward you. All major religions, as well as many other folks, believe in this principle. See the List of quotes below.
The Silver Rule: Respect the sincerity of people with different religious beliefs, as long as they believe in the Golden Rule. Many people sincerely believe that their beliefs are the only true ones. Most religious folks believe that God is the final judge. Therefore, let God be the judge of those that do not believe as you do.
It is not the intent of the club to diminish in any way our member’s beliefs, but rather to augment the one vital element of the Golden Rule that religions have not emphasized enough, the Silver rule; it is vital for establishing a common ground of the majority.
The main goal of the club would be to spread the word of the importance of the Golden and Silver Rules in significantly reducing animosity and in building a common bond. In order for this movement to grow and become strong, members need to recruit friends to join, to teach their children the importance of the DUO principles along with their religious principles, and to work toward keeping the these principles near the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. Think about these principles a few moments each day and about ways to promote them. Think about what amazing accomplishments would be achieved, if the collective consciousness of the majority emphasizes the DUO principles.
This site is open for all members to express their positive thoughts on ways (1) to improve our goal in spreading DUO, (2) to improve this website, and (3) to establish communications between our members. This is a positive thinking group. A pessimist fails in the end, whereas an optimist can produce wonders. Positive thinking is a secret to successful living.
Here is a list of Golden Rules collected by author John White: http://www.cayce.egympie.com.au/SGinspirational.htm
African Traditional Religions
One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts. - Yoruba Proverb (Nigeria)
Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.- Baha'u'llah, Nineteenth Century A.D.
Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. - Udana-Varga, 5:18, Sixth Century B.C.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. - Jesus Christ, First Century A.D. (Matthew 7:12; see also Luke 6:31)
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:39)
May I do to others as I would they should do unto me. - Plato, Fourth Century B.C.
Tsekung asked, "Is there one word that can serve as a principle of conduct for life?" Confucius replied, "It is the word shu - reciprocity: Do not unto others what you would not have them do to you". - Analects, 15:23, Sixth Century B.C.
Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence. - Mencius VII.A.4.
Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. - Mahabharata 5:1517, Third Century B.C.
One should not behave toward others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire. - Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8
No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother what he desires for himself. - Muhammad, Sixth Century A.D., Sunnab
In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves. - Lord Mahavir, Fifth Century, B.C., 24th Tirthankara
A man should wander around treating all creatures as he himself would be treated. - Sutrakritanga 1.11.33
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - The Torah (Leviticus 19:18)
What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man; that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary; go and learn. - Rabbi Hillel, First Century A.D. citing Talmud, Shabbat 31a
Do not condemn your brother until you have walked a mile in his moccasins. - [Source, date?]
Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself. - [Guru Nanak?], Sixteenth Century A.D.
Don't create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone. - Guru Arjan Devji 259, Guru Granth Sahib
Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss. -Lao Tze, Third Century, B.C., T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien.
Do what you like as long as you harm no one.
Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself. - Dadistan-i-Dinik, 94:5, Fifth Century B.C.
When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
PEOPLE IN THE SECULAR WORLD HAVE DISCOVERED THE SAME GREAT TRUTH
He that does good to another does good also to himself, not only in the consequence but in the very act. For the consciousness of well-doing is in itself ample reward. - Seneca [First Century A.D.]
The duty of man is plain and simple, and consists of but two points-his duty to God, which every man must feel; and, with respect to his neighbor, to do as he would be done by. - Thomas Paine
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson