From our friend, Rev. Randy Smit and Compassionate Connection:
Are you the kind of person who's resistant to jumping on bandwagon's? Me too. However, through several affiliations and friendships, this one keeps coming up and I've grown a little tired of avoiding it. I've signed on, in fact, and encourage you to do the same.
It all started with the 2008 TED prize winner Karen Armstrong. Her wish was to "create, launch and propagate a Charter for Compassion" that could stand as something of a universal declaration of compassion throughout the world. Pooling together some of the finest "thinkers and doers" from around the globe, TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a U.S. private non-profit foundation that is best known for its conferences, now held in Europe, Asia the U.S., devoted to what it calls "ideas worth spreading."
Armstrong, and the growing charter community, commit themselves fervently to an interfaith movement of global compassion based upon the practical and timeless Golden Rule, "a principle embraced by every faith and every moral code."
I have thoroughly enjoyed and invite you to explore the Charter for Compassion website, to familiarize yourself with its bold, clear and infectious aspirations for a more peaceful and humane world.
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
To learn more and to check out the Charter for Compassion video go to www.charterforcompassion.org