What has gone sour is an entire vision of planetary connection and relationship. Treaties to make peace between Israel and Palastine, to heal the earth from carbon dioxide, to ban land mines, to create an international criminal court - all spinning down the sour drain, with too few supporters to make the imperial corporations and the one remaining superstate accept their authority. It's wintertime for decency.
--Rabbi Arthur Waskow in The Tent of Abraham
Each tradition developed its own formulation of the Golden Rule: do not do unto others what you would not have done to you. As far as the Axial sages were concerned, respect for the sacred rights of all beings - not orthodox belief - was religion. If people behaved with kindness and generosity to their fellows, they could save the world.
-- Karen Armstrong in The Great Transformation