Friday, November 13, 2009

Charter for Compassion

I seem to have a theme for the week... yesterday the Charter for Compassion was launched in Washington D.C. It is the culmination of an effort by Karen Armstrong, winner of the 2008 TED prize. Her wish when she won: for help creating, launching, and propagating a Charter for Compassion.

This respected religious scholar had found, though her own loss of faith, the thread that ties together all of the ethical, spiritual, and religious traditions: compassion. The Charter for Compassion attempts to bring together people from all cultures to rediscover our common humanity. Please read the Charter for Compassion, and affirm it by clicking on "Affirm the Charter" below the video and entering your name and email address.

The Charter is based on the Golden Rule: Do not do unto others, as you would not have them do unto you. Or as Confucius said, "Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself." I cannot see anything more important in a world where people twist religious doctrine to suit their political purposes (I speak broadly, this happens everywhere), where people walk past those in need, and where competition runs amok, benefiting the few while leaving many in the dust.

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