[ExI] Culture war and universal values in the age of spiritual machines

Jason Resch jasonresch at gmail.com
Sun Nov 26 18:11:42 UTC 2023

This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.


On Sun, Nov 26, 2023 at 12:41 PM Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I asked ChatGPT what set of moral values lay at the intersection of the
> sets of all values espoused by the major religions of the world with
> explicit references to their sacred texts. This was its answer and its
> answer gave me hope that AI can help end the culture wars. So here are
> the Five Moral Imperatives shared by the world's major religions:
> The Golden Rule and Reciprocity:
> Christianity: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them
> do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 7:12,
> New Testament)
> Judaism: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is
> the law: all the rest is commentary." (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)
> Islam: "None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother
> what he wishes for himself." (Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Bukhari and
> Muslim)
> Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause
> pain if done to you." (Mahabharata 5:1517)
> Buddhism: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find
> hurtful." (Udana-Varga 5.18)
> Sikhism: "As you deem yourself, deem others as well; only then you shall
> become a partner in heaven." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 1299)
> Compassion and Love:
> Christianity: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have
> loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34, New Testament)
> Judaism: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18, Torah)
> Islam: "And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, 'My
> Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small.'"
> (Quran 17:24)
> Hinduism: "The whole world is full of God's glory; serve all beings as
> God." (Ramayana, Yuddha Kanda 115.33)
> Buddhism: "Radiate boundless love towards the entire world." (Buddha,
> Sutta Nipata 149-150)
> Sikhism: "One who recognizes the One Lord among all beings does not talk
> of ego." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 99)
> Justice and Fairness:
> Christianity: "Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the
> poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly."
> (Leviticus 19:15, Torah)
> Judaism: "Justice, justice shall you pursue." (Deuteronomy 16:20, Torah)
> Islam: "O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in
> justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or
> parents and relatives." (Quran 4:135)
> Hinduism: "Justice, when it is corrupted, destroys; but when it is
> upheld, it upholds the world." (Mahabharata 12.131.6)
> Buddhism: "Conquer the angry man by love; conquer the ill-natured man by
> goodness; conquer the miser with generosity; conquer the liar with
> truth." (Dhammapada 223)
> Sikhism: "Justice is the mint, courage the brave coin. When the coin of
> justice is made, it is tested by courage." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 1088)
> Charity and Generosity:
> Christianity: "Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide
> purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that
> will never fail." (Luke 12:33, New Testament)
> Judaism: "Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor
> brother." (Deuteronomy 15:7, Torah)
> Islam: "The example of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah
> is like that of a grain that sprouts seven ears, and in every ear there
> are a hundred grains." (Quran 2:261)
> Hinduism: "The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray."
> (Yajur Veda)
> Buddhism: "If beings knew, as I know, the result of giving and sharing,
> they would not eat without having given." (Itivuttaka 26)
> Sikhism: "Serve the True Guru, and you shall obtain the fruits of your
> heart's desires." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 1299)
> Truth and Honesty:
> Christianity: "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak
> truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body."
> (Ephesians 4:25, New Testament)
> Judaism: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
> (Exodus 20:16, Torah)
> Islam: "O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are
> true." (Quran 9:119)
> Hinduism: "The truth which satisfies the heart is true." (Mahabharata
> 5:124.9)
> Buddhism: "In speech that is gentle, truthful, and beneficial, one
> should address others." (Anguttara Nikaya 10.176)
> Sikhism: "Truth is the trade of the Guru's children; practice truth in
> your mind." (Guru Granth Sahib, Ang 471)
> As a human being, I am deeply moved by this and hopeful for a bright
> future where men and machines explore the galaxy together.
> Stuart LaForge
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