Moving to a state of independence is the definition of “liberty.” Independence and liberty create abundance, wealth, happiness, and health. These rewards are referred to often throughout time.
The Golden Rule defines the cooperative state that has come along with us through the ages. Our struggle for knowledge creates a certain sort of liberty. This liberty develops as a freedom that allows us to expand our available free time. The more knowledge we gain, the further we advance. However, this is the paradox of our condition. Even with our advanced systems of technology, economics, and society, we must still cooperate. That is when the Golden Rule brings us back to our peaceful coexistence with each other.
When our ancestors stuck to a specific set of standards, good things generally happened. This statement applies to both religious or non-religious societies. It works for monotheistic or polytheistic societies too. It appears to be more about the set of standards followed, not a particular religion that keeps a culture moving in a direction of growth and expansion. Although religion can help (or hinder), it is the basic guiding principle of the Golden Rule that seems to matter most.