“Do for all others, both
directly and indirectly,
what you would want
done for you.”

“Don’t do to any others,
either directly or indirectly,
what you wouldn’t want
done to you.”

GoldenRuleism’s Foundation:


GoldenRuleism rises from the expanded application of the moral and ethical precept most widely embraced by the majority of humanity. Many of us know it as The Golden Rule. Though The Golden Rule is generally rooted in the world’s major religions, anyone can choose to live by it. Our Number One Rule has universal applicability. Simply said, when we choose to live our lives in accord with the intent of The Golden Rule, we adopt sets of morals and ethics to guide us. They relate to what we internalize as “right” and “wrong” conduct. I encourage you to explore the definitions of morals and ethics for yourself. For sake of discussion here, I’ll note that morals are subjective, while ethics are objective. They’re related—but different. To succeed as a society, we need to constantly incorporate the omnipresence of both words into our thoughts and actions. Because it’s rooted in principles of morality and ethicality, The Golden Rule guides us to show empathy and compassion for others--to act with benevolence in mind.

The Golden Rule most people have adopted, prior to now, is typically understood to apply to other people. GoldenRuleism encompasses the basic Golden Rule and expands its application to all others--all sentient beings--humans and nonhuman alike. Every being--everyone--is individually placed under the universally wide umbrella of empathy and compassion.

Actions to Take

Download the PDF of the GoldenRuleism booklet and learn more about its background. Review some of the suggested practices and actions you can take. Here are just a couple to consider:

  • Always find some time to make a phone call, or even better, send a personal note to commend someone for “doing right.”
  • And, in the moment, muster the courage to ask someone to desist from “doing wrong.”

The GoldenRuleism booklet was written by someone who believes in the mission and work of the Charter for Compassion. If you feel similarly, please be sure to share the PDF with everyone in your personal sphere of family, friends, and extended networks.. Let’s promote GoldenRuleism each day, every day, during the campaign and beyond. Start small with acts of kindness, be consistent with your practice, and see how it grows within yourself and through others.

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