|What is the right thing to do?|
Morality is simple. Virtually every major religion can be boiled down to one easy to understand concept. Don't be an asshole.
No one automatically deserves to be happy just because they are alive. You have to work at achieving happiness. How?
By not being an asshole. Some people find this easier to do than others.
Immanuel Kant once wrote, "Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness."
Every religious text has the same advice for becoming worthy of having happiness flow into your life. They just don't state the Golden Rule in quite the same way I do.
You will find no mentions of assholes here, but you will certainly learn how to avoid becoming one.
"Regard your neighbour's gain as your gain, and your neighbour's loss as your own loss."
- Tai Shang Kan Ying Pien, 213-218
"In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you."
- Jesus Matthew 7:12
"I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all."
- Guru Granth Sahib, pg 1299
"We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
- Unitarian principle
"We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive."
- Chief Dan George
"Do not do unto others what is injurious to yourself."
- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
"One should treat all creatures of the world as one would like to be treated."
- Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
Note: I do not think that any of you are assholes. However, you probably know one or two, in which case you might kindly refer them to this post. If reading this rehabilitates even one A-hole, I will consider it to be a worthwhile effort.