If you cannot do unto others
what you would that they should do to you,
at least do not unto them
what you would not that they should do unto you.
If you would not be made to work ten hours at a stretch in
factories or in mines,
if you would not have your children hungry, cold and ignorant,
if you would not be robbed of the land that feeds you,
if you would not be shut up in prisons
and sent to the gallows or hanged for committing an unlawful deed
through passion or ignorance,
if you would not suffer wounds
nor be killed in war-
do not do this unto others.
All this is so simple and straightforward,
and admits of so little doubt,
that it is impossible for the simplest child not to understand,
nor for the cleverest man to refute it.
It is not impossible to refute this law,
especially because this law is given to us,
not only by all the wisest men of the world,
not only by the Man who is considered to be God
by the majority of Christians,
but because it is written
in our minds and hearts.
- Leo Tolstoy