The Gospels quite correctly establish as the highest law of morality, "Love your neighbour as yourselves." But why should I do so since by the order of nature I feel pain and pleasure only in myself, not in my neighbour? The answer is not found in the Bible but in the Veda, in the great formula That art Thou which gives in three words the combined sum of metaphysics and morals. You shall love your neighbour because you are your neighbour [quoted in Kripal 2002, 30-33] (my italics added, for irony).How's that for interconnecteness?
Interconnectedness as the Foundation of Ethics
Both Wearing Black Masks is now going to quote Radhakrishnan, who, responding to Albert Schweitzer's critique of Hindu ethics, "favorably quotes" Dr. Paul Deussen, who is ultimately quoted in Daniel Zielinkski's 2007 article appearing in Journal of Religious Ethics (35.2: 291-317):