"A common basis for living simply in all the world's spiritual
traditions is expressed in the "golden rule" -
admonition that we should treat others as we would want ourselves to be
The theme of sharing and economic justice seems particularly
strong in the Christian tradition. *
Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea,
stated around 365 A.D.:
"When someone steals a man's clothes we call him
a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the
naked and does not?
The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry
man; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to the man who needs
the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has not
shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor."
In the modern
era, this implies that if people in developed nations consume more than
their fair share of the world's resources,
then we are taking food,
clothing and other essentials from those who are in great need. "