Hillel and Confucius: The prescriptive formulation of the golden rule in the Jewish and Chinese Confucian ethical traditions

A prospective convert asked Hillel to teach him the entire Torahwhile standing on one foot. Hillel replied, What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That isthe whole of Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go and study it. (Hillel:Shab. 31; emphasis added) Zigong: Is there asingle word that can serve as a guide to conduct throughout one’s life? Confucius said: Perhaps the word ‘shu’, ‘reciprocity’: ‘Do not do to others what you would not want others to do to you’. (Analects: 15.24; see alsoAnalects. 12 andZhongyong. 13.3; emphasis added)1
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